Ingalls Christens Aegis Stethem, Commissions Aegis Stout

The U.S. Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer was christened Stethem at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries. The new ship, DDG 63, is named in honor of Petty Officer Robert Dean Stethem, USN, (1961- 1985). The ship's sponsor was Petty Officer Stethem's mother, Patricia L. Stethem.

DDG 63 is 504 ft. long (153 m) with a beam of 59 ft. (18 m). Four gas turbine engines will power the 8,300-ton ship to speeds above 30 knots.

Stethem will operate with aircraft carriers and battle groups in high-threat environments, and will also provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys Stout Commissioned in Texas The U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet received its newest ship when USS Stout (DDG 55) was commissioned during ceremonies at the Port of Houston, Texas. DDG 55 is the fifth ship in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class of Aegis guided missile destroyers, and the second Aegis destroyer to be delivered to the Navy by Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton Industries in Pascagoula, Miss.

Secretary of the Navy John Dalton delivered the principal commissioning address, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. J.M. Boorda, USN, placed USS Stout in commission.

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