Maine Bus (AP) — Future USS Karl M. Levin was named Saturday by the daughters of Senator Michigan. The daughters slammed a bottle of sparkling wine on the bow of a warship at the Bath Iron Works.
Daughters Erica Levin, Laura Levin, and Kate Levin Markel praised their long-time Armed Services Commission Chairman, who died on July 29 at the age of 87 after fighting cancer.
They then waved from the deck of the ship (about 30 feet above the assembly) while the band was playing “Anchors Aweigh.”
Levin’s nephew, Democratic Party lawmaker Andy Levin, said his “Uncle Carl” was “overwhelmed by honor.”
“To be honest, of all the praise he has received in his 50 years of public service, this is the most meaningful to him and really captures his dedication to our country,” said the other family. Said a lawmaker who attended the event. Members including Carl Levin’s wife Barbara and Levin’s brother, former US Congressman Sander Levin.
The warship of the same name served in the US Senate for 36 years, chaired the Senate Military Committee, and became an expert in defense issues. Prior to that, he was a lawyer, a member of the Detroit City Council, and a four-year president.
He was widely praised by those who spoke at the event about his work on behalf of the military, military personnel and veterans.
The current chairman of the Rhode Island Senate Military Committee, Jack Reed, called him “a fearless and selfless leader.” Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, who counted Levin as a “loved friend,” called him a “model.” Honesty, intellect, and commitment. “
Others attending the event included Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, Governor Janet Mills, and other Senators in Maine, Angus King. Navy officials, including the ship’s future captain and crew.
It was a smaller ceremony than usual. Due to the pandemic, it was an invitation-only event with hundreds of guests instead of the usual thousands of people. Shipbuilders were encouraged to watch a live stream of the event.
Levin died before the milestone on Saturday, but he visited the shipyard several times to meet him.
He attended a ceremony commemorating the construction of the ship in 2019 when he and his daughter wore a visor and participated in welding their names to the plates on board the ship.
Kate Levin Markel told the crowd that the connection between his father and the ship “uplifted his spirit for the last few days” and even prepared a speech before he died. Another sister, Erica Levin, read the address where Levin thanked the shipbuilder and talked about the “incredible honor” of having a ship bearing his name.
The baptism of Navy warships is a milestone in construction. More work needs to be completed before the sea trials are conducted and the Navy takes ownership before a formal test run. The warship will eventually be based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Future USS Carl Vinson-like Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are the flagship of the US fleet.
A 510-foot-long destroyer can easily exceed 30 knots while simultaneously waging war with enemy ships, submarines, missiles, and aircraft. It is also built to withstand chemical attacks.
This story has been modified to indicate that sparkling wine was used instead of champagne at the ceremony.