July 24th, 2007 15:50 EST
Northrop Grumman-Built and Hurricane-Tested USS Kidd
(PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built Aegis guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) arrived at her homeport here at Naval Station San Diego Thursday morning, July 19. Family members of the ship's crew joined friends and a number of Pearl Harbor survivors to greet the ship and welcome the crew to the city. The ship is named in honor of Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd (1884-1941) who died directing defenses against the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941.
The ship, commissioned last month in Galveston, Texas, is the 24th Aegis guided missile destroyer built by the company's Ship Systems sector in Pascagoula, Miss. She is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and has received many accolades from industry and Navy officials since her return from a damaged hull during the nation's worst natural disaster.
"This ship has overcome so much, yet she is the best destroyer that has ever left our shipyard," said Northrop Grumman DDG 51 program manager George Nungesser. "The Navy has expressed great satisfaction with DDG 100 and has told us this is the best destroyer they have received to date. We are proud of our ship and proud of our shipbuilders."
During Hurricane Katrina, Northrop Grumman employees fought bravely to defend DDG 100 against the onslaught of water to keep her afloat. The ship was saved, but flooding made a complete refurbishment of the affected compartments necessary. The ship was restored, and following her super trials in the Gulf of Mexico last fall, the U.S. Navy offered great reviews and acknowledged the ship performed well.
"Thank you to all the Northrop Grumman employees who put their hearts and souls into building DDG 100," said Capt. Beth Dexter, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast. "She performed flawlessly on trials and is the finest ship I've seen in my career. Well done and keep charging."
"Northrop Grumman and the Navy have come together to bring an outstanding warship to trials," said Cmdr. Phil Dawson, Program Manager Representative Officer for Aegis Programs. "DDG 100 performed fantastically, and it is a testament to the shipbuilders, sailors, civilian workers and contractors who overcame Katrina and got back to basics. Well done."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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