SECNAV Names Future Destroyer In Honor Of Navy Veteran, Vietnam War POW

| January 7, 2019 | 42 Comments

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(NAVY.MIL 04 JAN 19) … Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in honor of U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, Navy Cross recipient, and former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Admiral Jeremiah Denton.
“Admiral Denton’s legacy is an inspiration to all who wear our nation’s uniform,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “His heroic actions during a defining period in our history have left an indelible mark on our Navy and Marine Corps team and our nation. His service is a shining example for our Sailors and Marines and this ship will continue his legacy for decades to come.”
In 1947, Denton graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a test pilot, flight instructor, and squadron leader, and developed operational tactics still in use, such as the Haystack Concept, which calls for the dispersing of carrier fleets to make it more difficult for the enemy to find the fleets on RADAR.
On July 18, 1965, Denton was shot down over North Vietnam and spent nearly eight years as a POW, almost half in isolation. During an interview with a Japanese media outlet, Denton used Morse code to blink “torture,” confirming that American POWs were being tortured. He suffered severe harassment, intimidation and ruthless treatment, yet he refused to provide military information or be used by the enemy for propaganda purposes.
In recognition of his extraordinary heroism while a prisoner-of-war, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Denton was released from captivity in 1973, retired from the Navy in 1977 and in 1980 was elected to the U.S. Senate where he represented Alabama.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. The future USS Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129) will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems designed to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.
The ship will be constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Miss.. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Damn it’s good to have adults at the helm again. USS Jeremiah Denton, DDG 129, will bring 6,900 tons of kick-ass to the fleet.

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  1. David says:

    I am waiting for the “Ocasio-Cortez” under the next Dem administration.

  2. BlueCord Dad says:

    HOOYAH DDG 129!!

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Adm Denton and McStain; Both Navy Aviators, both shot down, both POWs, both US Senators.

    Guess that’s where the similarities end. BZ DDG 129

  4. Jay says:

    Seems like a step up from the “Harvey Milk, “Gabrielle Giffords” or “Cesar Chavez”.

    Quick history search on the Admiral: Navy Cross, Three Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, FIVE Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, and a Navy Comm w/V, along with 8 harrowing years as a POW. Then he turned around and served a tour as a Senator in the cesspool of DC. These days we have AOC, Pelosi, and the like running the show. How the mighty have fallen.

    Rumor has it he had an entire squad of midshipman to tote his gigantic brass balls around.

  5. CDR_D says:

    Refreshing. In the last administration, Representative Cohen might have made the cut.

  6. Mason says:

    Most righteous! RADM Denton took an incredible personal risk to blink out his code. Very deserving of a ship.

    In other news, Indiana cops discovered a shitbird army deserter. https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-army-deserter-found-nearly-two-decades-later-in-indiana-police-say

    • HMC Ret says:

      Brodbeck seems to be a model citizen, one we should all strive to be.

      Bwhaaa

      He’s a shitbird but I would not wanted to live as he did for 19 years. What a miserable life he must have led. I sincerely hope he does hard time but the Army might possibly just kick him to the curb to be done with him. Maybe in a future Drat administration, he can have a Navy ship named after him.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        He’ll get a Big Chicken Dinner and show up on the stolen valor circuit in about 3 more years, done caught the PTSD and claiming POW status from his weekend at the ghey whey hotel doing the washing for BTJ&T.

  7. Combat Historian says:

    The difference between a real SecNav and a SJWing cocksucker like Roy Mabus…

  8. Reaperman says:

    Skimminig this, I initially thought they named it after a man coincidentally named Richard Spencer, which was even more ammusing to me. Still, nice to see a return to naming normalcy.

  9. I’m glad they named a ship after the Rear Admiral but I always liked those sleek lines of the old tin cans from the 1940’s and 50’s, like the lines on a 57 Chevy. I guess times change with new design features and stronger armament.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      She’s still a destroyer, which is the only category of warship that’s (mostly) followed the same naming conventions since 1900. Besides, something about the Arleigh Burke-class’s lines does remind me of the old Benson- and Fletcher-class tin cans of WWII, and there’s also something about it that vaguely harkens back even further to the Clemson/Wickes-class “four-stacker” DDs.

  10. USAFRetired says:

    There was a book and made for TV movie When Hell was in Session about the Admiral. I highly recommend both.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Thanks!

      When Hell Was in Session

      IMDB Link

      In 1965, Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton’s jet is shot down over North Vietnam and he is captured by the enemy who holds him in various brutal POW camps for more than seven years.

  11. FatCircles0311 says:

    When voters elected legit heroes to the senate instead of electing terrorist sympathizer today.

  12. Tallywhagger says:

    A worthy tribute to a very decent man.

    It would be nice to see some of the previous despicable blunders by former Sec. Navy, particularly Harvey Milk, rectified.

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