US Navy to christen two ships on April 27

Image: Bath Iron Works (file)
The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson under construction at Bath Iron Works’ shipyard

The US Navy will christen its newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B Johnson (pictured), during a ceremony at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine at 10:00 EST on Saturday, April 27.

The third ship in the Zumwalt­-class, the destroyer is named in honour of the late former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, who served in office from 1963 to 1969. It will be the first US navy ship to bear his name.

Also on April 27 but at 10:00 Japan Standard Time, the navy will commission its newest high-speed transport vessel, USNS Guam, at a ceremony in Okinawa.

Guam is a repurposed civilian passenger catamaran ferry originally built by Austal USA for Hawaii Superferry in 2008 and named Huakai. It was operated by the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) prior to being handed over to the navy.

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