October 6, 2010

Warship named for Marine hero departs BIW

The Associated Press

BATH — A Navy destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham has departed Maine's Bath Iron Works.

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The Aegis destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) passes Fort Popham on the Kennebec River on its way out to sea today.

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The 510-foot Aegis destroyer Jason Dunham departs Bath Iron Works en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works photo

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The 510-foot warship sailed down the Kennebec River and into the Atlantic today. It's en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it'll be commissioned next month.

The Aegis destroyer bears the name of the Marine from Scio, N.Y., who died after covering an exploding grenade in 2004 to protect his comrades in Iraq. The young corporal who threw his Kevlar helmet and his body onto the grenade became the first Marine since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

Two more destroyers in the same class are under construction in Bath. One of them bears the name of another Medal of Honor recipient, Michael Murphy, who died in Afghanistan.

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