A Letter Home from Sea
warship, LUTJENS (D185)
Thanks for sending this great picture to go with the letter Arthur!
Also forwarded by the same person that
sent Pass Colors.
About two hours ago the junior officers were called to
the bridge to conduct Shiphandling drills. We were about to do a man
overboard when we got a call from the LUTJENS (D185), a German
warship that was moored ahead of us on the pier in Plymouth, England.
While in port, the WINSTON S CHURCHILL and the LUTJENS got together for
a sports day/cookout on our fantail, and we made some pretty good
friends. Now at sea they called over on bridge-to-bridge, requesting
to pass us close up on our port side, to say goodbye. We prepared to
render them honors on the bridgewing, and the Captain told the crew
to come topside to wish them farewell. As they were making their
approach, our Conning Officer announced through her binoculars that
they were flying an American flag.
was a beautiful day outside today. We are no longer at liberty to divulge over unsecure e-mail our location, but we could not have
for a finer day at sea. The German Navy did an incredible thing for
this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since
the attacks. It's amazing to think that only a half-century ago
things were quite different, and to see the unity that is being
demonstrated throughout Europe and the world makes us all feel proud
to be out here doing our job. After the ship pulled away and we
prepared to begin our man overboard drills the Officer of the Deck
turned to me and said, "I'm staying Navy."
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)
In an appearance before the British Parliament, President Clinton said, "I am pleased to announce here, the home of British freedom, that the United States will name one of the newest and most powerful of its surface ships, a guided missile destroyer, the United States Ship Winston Churchill. "When that ship slips down the ways in the final year of this century, its name will ride the seas as a reminder for the coming century of an indomitable man who shaped our age, who stood always for freedom, who showed anew the glorious strength of the human spirit," Clinton said. (http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/destroyers/churchill/naming.txt)
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