Navy Commissions New Destroyer ROOSEVELT

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The US Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer ROOSEVELT (DDG80) Saturday, 14 October 2000, at the Naval Station in Mayport, Florida.

The ship honors 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). Roosevelt served as the 12th assistant secretary of the Navy for seven years before being elected to the first of four terms as President in 1932. He guided the nation out of the Great Depression and through World War II.

The first lady was known as a tireless worker for social causes, serving twice as US delegate to the United Nations. She chaired the United Nations Human Rights Commission and was entirely responsible for drafting the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. One previous US Navy ship was named in the President's honor

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42) (1945-1977).

United States Representative Tillie K Fowler of Florida's Fourth Congressional District, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered the ceremony's principal address. …