THE FUTURE USS THOMAS HUDNER is outfitted with a 5-inch gun at Bath Iron Works, as seen in this December 2016 Facebook photo. BIW has announced that the christening of the Hudner — the 36th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be built at the shipyard — will be on April 1. It will be the second Bath built destroyer of that class to be built after the program was restarted in 2009. The first restart Arleigh Burk-class destroyer, the Rafael Peralta, recently passed acceptance trials and is expected to be delivered to the Navy shortly. Hudner ship is named after Korean War pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Captain Thomas Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.). On Dec. 4, 1950, Hudner intentionally crash-landed his plane in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. His attempts to save his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown who had been shot, ultimately proved fruitless however. Hudner took on enemy fire before eventually being evacuated.

THE FUTURE USS THOMAS HUDNER is outfitted with a 5-inch gun at Bath Iron Works, as seen in this December 2016 Facebook photo. BIW has announced that the christening of the Hudner — the 36th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be built at the shipyard — will be on April 1. It will be the second Bath built destroyer of that class to be built after the program was restarted in 2009. The first restart Arleigh Burk-class destroyer, the Rafael Peralta, recently passed acceptance trials and is expected to be delivered to the Navy shortly. Hudner ship is named after Korean War pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Captain Thomas Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.). On Dec. 4, 1950, Hudner intentionally crash-landed his plane in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. His attempts to save his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown who had been shot, ultimately proved fruitless however. Hudner took on enemy fire before eventually being evacuated.

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