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Navy's Newest Destroyer USS Jason Dunham Enters the Fleet
The Maritime Executive ^ | November 13, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 11/13/2010 7:11:55 PM PST by jazusamo

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Under blue skies and the Florida sun, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) was commissioned today in Port Everglades, entering full status as a ship of the United States Navy.

Deb Dunham, ship sponsor and mother of Marine Corps Corporal Jason Dunham, stood on deck as she gave the command to “Man the Ship and Bring Her to Life!” Dan Dunham, father of Corporal Dunham, set the first watch and passed the long glass to LTJG Andrew Gray. The watch, which will now continue for the entire period of time the ship is in service, will ensure the safety and security of the ship and its crew.

Six weeks earlier, Deb and Dan stood on the bridge of the ship on a cloudy overcast day as it left Bath Iron Works, Maine where the ship was constructed to begin its journey to Port Everglades. Today the ship and her crew stand ready to continue to fulfill Corporal Jason Dunham’s mission of protecting the United States.

Keynote speaker General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, stated “Dan and Deb Dunham, none of this would have been possible without you. You have borne the heaviest burden – the sacrifice of a son. But Jason’s actions will not be forgotten. Your son – honored through this ship – stands together with the greatest men and women in our Nation’s history. Thank you for all you have given and all you continue to give. You embody all that is great in our American Family.”

Under Secretary of the Navy, Robert Work, placed the USS Jason Dunham into service and Commander Scott Sciretta assumed command of the ship.

Corporal Jason L. Dunham, 22, of Scio, N.Y. selflessly sacrificed his life in Iraq on April 14, 2004. Corporal Dunham was attacked by an insurgent and while the two wrestled, the assailant released a grenade. Corporal Dunham jumped on the grenade, covering it with his body and Kevlar helmet. His spontaneous action saved the lives of two fellow Marines. Dunham was mortally wounded from the blast and died eight days later at Bethesda Naval Hospital. President George W. Bush posthumously awarded Corporal Dunham the Medal of Honor. He was the first Marine Medal of Honor recipient for Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Marine to receive the medal since the Vietnam War.








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KEYWORDS: ddg109; moh; usmc; usn; ussjasondunham
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MARINE CPL JASON L. DUNHAM
MEDAL OF HONOR Recipient
Iraq War

1 posted on 11/13/2010 7:12:00 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing; freema; Lancey Howard

Ping!


2 posted on 11/13/2010 7:13:47 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Bump for a Hero and a Great new warship for the fleet!


3 posted on 11/13/2010 7:20:14 PM PST by Ronin (If he were not so gruesomely incompetent and dangerous, Obama would just be silly.)
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To: jazusamo

Please forgive my ignorance, but what is the significance of all the flags or pennants? One sort of looks like the Brazilian flag, but it’s too small in the picture for me to be sure.


4 posted on 11/13/2010 7:21:58 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

Hopefully a Nazy person will will answer, I was Army. :)


5 posted on 11/13/2010 7:26:33 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Godspeed and good hunting!! May she and those that crew her have Jason’s courage and fighting spirit.


6 posted on 11/13/2010 7:26:55 PM PST by DarthVader (Nov 2 2010: That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: jazusamo

Can’t believe I did that...Navy


7 posted on 11/13/2010 7:27:58 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Sadly, there are only two types of vessels in the Navy.

Submarines
and
Targets


8 posted on 11/13/2010 7:30:09 PM PST by edcoil (Today, we start fixing stupid.)
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To: coloradan

generally for to aft it spells the vessels name.


9 posted on 11/13/2010 7:31:01 PM PST by edcoil (Today, we start fixing stupid.)
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To: coloradan

generally from for to aft it spells the vessels name.


10 posted on 11/13/2010 7:31:16 PM PST by edcoil (Today, we start fixing stupid.)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks for the ping, Jaz!

Deb Dunham, ship sponsor and mother of Marine Corps Corporal Jason Dunham, stood on deck as she gave the command to “Man the Ship and Bring Her to Life!”

I saw this on Fox News, Mrs. Dunham choked this old Army dog up, I'll tell you. It was just beautiful!

11 posted on 11/13/2010 7:33:03 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

12 posted on 11/13/2010 7:33:21 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: jazusamo
Our nation should be putting at least one new warship a week into the water. We used to have a much bigger navy and bigger merchant marine.

Now we have a smaller navy that is stretched thin and an almost nonresistant merchant marine. All so that narcissistic politicians can buy our votes with our grand-kids money.

13 posted on 11/13/2010 7:36:10 PM PST by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

Ping


14 posted on 11/13/2010 7:36:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: coloradan
U.S. Navy Signal Flags
15 posted on 11/13/2010 7:37:24 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: central_va; A.A. Cunningham

Thank you, both.


17 posted on 11/13/2010 7:41:31 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: EternalVigilance

Godspeed and may He protect your son and fellow military under arms.


18 posted on 11/13/2010 7:44:06 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Amen, and thanks.


19 posted on 11/13/2010 7:44:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Here it is in black and white: The pinkos went green 'cause they're too yellow to admit they're red.)
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To: jazusamo

Corporal Jason L. Dunham, 22, of Scio, N.Y.

We remember our heroes!

Rest In Peace.


20 posted on 11/13/2010 7:57:36 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bama thought he'd find "common ground" on 0bamaCare because of ROMNEYCARE!)
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To: coloradan
The flags and pennants going up and over the main mast don't spell anything. It is purely for show.

The order of flags and pennants is spelled out in the 'Dress Ship' Instruction for the ship class.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

21 posted on 11/13/2010 8:00:08 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: coloradan
FWIW - The one that looks like the Brazilian flag is "Prep".

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

22 posted on 11/13/2010 8:05:47 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: edcoil

And how many targets have we lost as of late ?


23 posted on 11/13/2010 8:09:24 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: coloradan

Well a sequence of flags happens to spell out “FUBO”


24 posted on 11/13/2010 8:10:27 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: EternalVigilance

God Bless you and your son


25 posted on 11/13/2010 8:11:29 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: EternalVigilance

God bless you all and please thank your son for his service.


26 posted on 11/13/2010 8:13:46 PM PST by unkus
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To: jazusamo; SandRat
God Speed, USS Jason Dunham.....


27 posted on 11/13/2010 8:19:06 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: jazusamo

God bless the USS Dunham and all who accompany her.

And please bless the Dunham family for their incredible sacrifice.


28 posted on 11/13/2010 8:41:16 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: jazusamo

I remember this story. God bless his family for making such a sacrifice.


29 posted on 11/13/2010 8:44:13 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank You, Kathy!


30 posted on 11/13/2010 8:45:40 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: EternalVigilance

Thank him for his service. God’s protection to your whole family and prayers for his safe return.


31 posted on 11/13/2010 8:46:11 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: EternalVigilance

You & your son will be in many prayers tonite.


32 posted on 11/13/2010 8:54:13 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: jazusamo

Some, but not all, of the Arleigh Burke cruisers have ABM capabilities. Does this ship have them?


33 posted on 11/13/2010 9:04:56 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Reddy

Fair winds & following seas to the crew.

And my heart-felt prayers to the Dunham family.


34 posted on 11/13/2010 9:12:29 PM PST by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: EternalVigilance

God keep him safe.


35 posted on 11/13/2010 9:23:37 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: EternalVigilance

Matthew will serve our country honorably. I look forward to your post announcing his safe return from his tour.


36 posted on 11/13/2010 11:52:05 PM PST by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: EternalVigilance

I know that heavy heart feeling and it doesn’t get better until you know that he is back on US soil. Faith helped me to get through it and thankfully, my warrior returned safely. Hopefully, yours will too.

It is difficult on mothers though. My grandmother had four sons and one son in law in WWII. I don’t lnow how she stood it!


37 posted on 11/14/2010 5:38:59 AM PST by jch10 (Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war...)
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To: fella

“Our nation should be putting at least one new warship a week into the water.”

I agree, but until we put at least one new Conservative politician a week into Washington it won’t do much good. The ships are only as good as the Commander-in-Chief and the Congress supporting them.


38 posted on 11/14/2010 5:49:01 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: jch10
Yes. Thankfully Matt's faith is very strong, too.

I think you're right. It is very hard on mothers.

And on his beautiful bride, and their two daughters. They're Daddy's girls and this separation is going to be very tough on them.

Thanks.

39 posted on 11/14/2010 6:01:11 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Here it is in black and white: The pinkos went green 'cause they're too yellow to admit they're red.)
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To: jazusamo

“...passed the long glass...”

Without an understanding of Naval traditions, could someone please explain what this means?

Thanks.


40 posted on 11/14/2010 6:30:44 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: jazusamo

You are welcome.


41 posted on 11/14/2010 6:40:54 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: ops33
Naval tradition stemming from the days when telescopes, aka long glass, were used during the watch for observation. Whenever a Navy ship is commissioned giving of the long glass signifies setting of the first watch and thus placing the ship into service.

Lt. Cmdr. George Brickhouse, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) accepts a long glass symbolizing the setting of the first watch from former President George H.W. Bush during the shipÕs commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Bush delivered the keynote address at the commissioning. The Navy's newest, and final, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is named after the World War II naval aviator and 41st president of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah P. Blechner

42 posted on 11/14/2010 7:48:27 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thank you very much for the info.


43 posted on 11/14/2010 9:58:35 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: jazusamo; RaceBannon

Thanks for the ping, jaz. Will you hit the list, Race?


44 posted on 11/14/2010 5:40:59 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: ops33

You are welcome.


45 posted on 11/14/2010 5:41:58 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: freema

You’re more than welcome, Ma, good to “see” you!


46 posted on 11/14/2010 5:43:33 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: freema

Dont have it with me!

I am away from my desk and wont have the real computer for weeks!


47 posted on 11/14/2010 5:52:51 PM PST by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: edcoil

I guess that’s why they named a ship that gets shot at after a medal of honor winner...instead of being named after Schenectady or some other city...


48 posted on 11/14/2010 6:05:10 PM PST by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: RaceBannon

“....instead of being named after Schenectady or some other city...”

A friend of mine is/was a Plank Holder for ths USS Schenectady....comissioned ~ 1970.... LST 1185.....I understand that the ship was made into razor blades a couple of years ago.....


49 posted on 11/14/2010 6:57:06 PM PST by Forty-Niner (We're Coming back again in 2012! RINOs out In the Primary. Conservative Repubs in in the General!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Wonderful pictures....priceless!
Thanks for sharing.


50 posted on 11/15/2010 2:21:35 PM PST by jch10 (Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war...)
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