Navy Commissions New Guided Missile Destroyer William P
Navy Commissions New Guided
Missile Destroyer William P. Lawrence
Source : U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense. June 1,2011.
The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke class
guided-missile destroyer, William P. Lawrence, Saturday, June 4, 2011, during an
11 a.m. CDT ceremony at Pier 2, Alabama State Docks, Mobile, Ala.
The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU)
William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) conducts steering and propulsion systems tests
during combined super trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Super trials are the final
milestone before the ship's delivery
Designated DDG 110, the new destroyer honors the late Vice
Adm. William P. Lawrence. During the Vietnam War, as commanding officer of
Fighter Squadron 143, Lawrence earned the Silver Star for a strike against a
heavily defended target in North Vietnam. He completed his mission, but was
captured after his aircraft went down in June 1967 and he remained a POW until
March 1973. He earned the Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership to
Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., commander, U.S. Northern Command
will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Lawrence, widow of the
ship’s namesake and Vice Adm. Lawrence’s daughters, Dr. Laurie Lawrence, and
retired Navy Capt. Wendy Lawrence, will serve as sponsors of the ship.
William P. Lawrence,the 60th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer,
will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and
crisis management to sea control and power projection. William P. Lawrence will
be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and
will contain myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime
Cmdr. Thomas R. Williams II will become the first commanding
officer of the ship. The 9,200-ton William P. Lawrence was built by Huntington
Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss. The ship is 509 feet in length, has a
waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine
engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.
Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at
703-697-5342. For more information on
Burke class destroyers.