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Navy to Commission General Dynamics-Built Future USS Thomas Hudner

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The U.S. Navy will commission the future USS Thomas Hudner during a ceremony on Saturday at the Flynn Cruiseport in Boston, Mass., the service branch said Wednesday.

The guided-missile destroyer, built by General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works business, will be designated as DDG 116. It will participate in peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control and power projection missions.

The Hudner will contain offensive and defensive weapons designed for maritime warfare as well as air, surface and subsurface battles.

General Dynamics BIW delivered the vessel to the Navy in June.

DDG 116 was named after Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr., who received the Medal of Honor in 1951 for his service during the Korean War.

The ship will be the Navy’s 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.