Navy Commissions New Guided Missile Destroyer William P. Lawrence

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.

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 fel­low POWs. 

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 warfare. 

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 Arleigh Burke class destroy­ers, vis­it

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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