USS Winston Churchill

 

 

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At sea with USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) Sep. 13, 2001 — USS Winston S. Churchill makes a high-speed run in the English Channel. The destroyer, based in Norfolk, Va., is making its first deployment to the United Kingdom and Norway. The Churchill is the only U.S. Navy vessel in active service named after a foreign dignitary. The ship is named in honor of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965), best known for his courageous leadership as the British Prime Minister during World War II. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Shane T. McCoy.

 According to the website of the USS Churchill, which is here:

http://www.churchill.navy.mil/

 

“The USS Winston Churchill is the fifth U.S. warship to be named in honor of an Englishman and the 16th warship to be named after a foreign national – the only one in active service today.

USS Winston Churchill is the only U.S. Navy ship to have a Royal Navy officer permanently assigned to the ship’s company. Presently, the ship’s navigator is from the British Royal Navy. The ship is a 9,500-ton, 509-foot- long Aegis equipped Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer.

She was  was built at the Bath Iron Works and commissioned at her home port of Norfolk, Virginia on March 10, 2001…. Lady Mary Soames, Sir Winston Churchill’s daughter and the ship’s honorary sponsor from the United Kingdom, took part in the ceremony.”

 

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4 June 2008 USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment. (Official USN photo by MC Spec 2nd Class Pamela M. Coxe)

 

 

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North Atlantic Ocean (Oct. 24, 2001) — Sea spray whips across the deck of the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) as the ship plows through rough seas in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Official USN photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Shane McCoy.) 

 

I have the feeling that the photo Winston Churchill would have liked most is the last one showing his namesake ship making her determined way in heavy weather. 

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/