"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way..." - John Paul Jones

COMMISSIONING OF A NAVY SHIP

The commissioning ceremony marks the acceptance of a ship as a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. At the moment of breaking the commission pennant, USS Hassayampa (AO-145) became the responsibility of the Commanding Officer, who, together with the ship's officers and men, had the duty of making and keeping her ready for any service required by our nation in peace or in war.

While the words spoken that spring day in 1955 are lost to history, the spirit carried on in her crew throughout her long and distinguished career.

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With sincere thanks to the Naval Historical Foundation

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Commissioning Day Program

Courtesy of Admiral Tom Church, USN and Captain Charles Creekman, USN (Ret)

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Letter from SECNAV

 

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Ceremony

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Commandant, 4th Naval District & Captain W. V. McKaig

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The Ship

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The Sponsor

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The Name

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The Ceremony

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The Hassayampa History

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Officers & Chiefs

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