USS Normandy Commemorates D‑Day, Battle of Midway

BALTIC SEA (NNS) — Sailors, Marines and Coast Guards­men aboard the guid­ed-mis­sile cruis­er USS Nor­mandy (CG 60) held a D‑Day and Bat­tle of Mid­way com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mo­ny, June 6.

The cer­e­mo­ny held on the ship’s mess deck hon­ored the 68th anniver­sary of the World War II D‑Day inva­sion of Nor­mandy, France, dur­ing which allied forces stormed the beach­es of Nor­mandy.

This inva­sion is cred­it­ed as being essen­tial to win­ning the war on the Euro­pean front. Atten­dees of the com­mem­o­ra­tion includ­ed the crew of Nor­mandy, embarked per­son­nel from Expe­di­tionary Strike Group 2 and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Den­mark, Geor­gia and Ger­many who are aboard the ship in sup­port of the 40th mar­itime, multi­na­tion­al Baltic Oper­a­tions (BALTOPS) exer­cise cur­rent­ly being con­duct­ed in the Baltic Sea.

“It’s won­der­ful to here on the ship that is named after the place and actions which we are remem­ber­ing today,” said Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, com­man­der, Expe­di­tionary Strike Group 2. “This is an extreme­ly spe­cial occur­rence to hon­or these events in the Baltic Sea where so many WWII bat­tles were fought; and to com­mem­o­rate with allies and part­ners who were once our adver­saries.”

The com­mem­o­ra­tion also hon­ored the 70th anniver­sary of the U.S. Navy’s vic­to­ry over the Japan­ese at the Bat­tle of Mid­way, which was waged June 4–6, 1942, and is known as one of the great­est naval bat­tles in his­to­ry. Both the inva­sion of Nor­mandy and the Bat­tle of Mid­way are rec­og­nized as major turn­ing points for the U.S. mil­i­tary and allied forces dur­ing WWII.

“When we cel­e­brate Mid­way and D‑Day we do more than have cake,” said Capt. Kevin Hill, USS Nor­mandy com­mand­ing offi­cer. “We hon­or the events and peo­ple of the bat­tles, and the her­itage upon which our Navy is built. It is our her­itage and his­to­ry that makes us great.”

Nor­mandy, a Ticon­dero­ga-class guid­ed-mis­sile cruis­er home­port­ed in Nor­folk, Va., is the U.S. flag­ship for BALTOPS 2012 which began June 1, and con­tin­ues through June 16.

U.S. Navy