2nd Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Christened in Honor of Navy SEAL

Posted June 21, 2016 at 4:49am

The Virginian-Pilot reports that “the mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who died in Iraq when he threw himself on an insurgent’s grenade to save the lives of two fellow SEALS.”  

“The 610-foot, 15,000-ton ship, built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for the U.S. Navy, was named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor. The 25-year-old California native died in 2006 and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.”  

“‘May God bless this ship, and all who sail within her,’ said Sally Monsoor before smashing a bottle against the ship as some 2,000 people looked on.”