Delbert D. Black is namesake of Navy's latest warship
Added 09-27-20 02:35:02pm EST - “The USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was commissioned Saturday at Port Canaveral, Fla. The ceremony was a private event due to health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Navy officials said.” - Washingtontimes.com
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A senior sailor who served as the first master chief petty officer of the Navy and spent his career advocating for the service’s enlisted personnel is the namesake of the Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer.
The USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was commissioned Saturday at Port Canaveral, Fla. The ceremony was a private event due to health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Navy officials said.
“The Navy has always been and will always be indelibly influenced by the leadership of our senior enlisted sailors epitomized by Delbert Black,” Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite said in a statement. “They are the ones who teach both our junior enlisted as well as our junior officers what it means to lead.”
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He spent more than 20 years aboard ships out of a 30-year Navy career and was aboard the battleship USS Maryland when it was damaged by Japanese bombs in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
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