December 11, 2019
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Navy takes delivery of Bath-built USS Hudner

Dennis Griggs | U.S. Navy
Dennis Griggs | U.S. Navy
The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 16) returns at sea during builder's trials before returning to Bath Iron Works.

BATH, Maine — The Navy has accepted delivery of a destroyer named for a naval aviator who crash-landed his plane to try to save a downed pilot in the Korean War.

Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Hudner witnessed the christening of the ship in April 2017 at Maine’s Bath Iron Works and died months later at 93 in his native Massachusetts.

During Friday’s ceremony in Bath, a flag was hoisted that previously flew over Arlington National Cemetery and on the USS Constitution to honor Hudner’s efforts. Hudner failed to save his comrade, Ensign Jesse Brown, but is remembered for his devotion.

A U.S. Navy frigate was named for Brown, the first African-American naval aviator, in 1973. The Hudner will join the fleet when it’s commissioned into service Dec. 1 in Boston.

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