|Published:||Nov 15, 2010 5:47 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 15, 2010 2:47 PM EST|
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Thousands of people turned out for a celebration of the Navy's newest destroyer and a tribute to a fallen Marine.
The commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham happened under sunny skies at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
The massive $1 billion steel battleship was adorned with red, white and blue flags and ribbons to mark the day.
The 510-foot-long ship was built in Bath, Maine, and will have its home port in Norfolk, Va.
It's named for a Marine corporal from New York who died in Iraq six years ago after throwing himself on a grenade to protect others.
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