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New Destroyer, William P. Lawrence, To Be Commissioned In Mobile

June 03 2011


The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer on Saturday in Mobile, Ala., reports the Dept. of Defense.

The William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) is named after the late Vice Adm. Lawrence, who earned the Silver Star for a strike mission in 1967 against a heavily defended target in North Vietnam.

Lawrence completed the mission, but his aircraft was shot down and was captured. He remained a prisoner of war until March 1973. He later became the superintendent...

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