What a great thing to do!
The second ship in the Navy's new class of destroyers will carry the name of Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor.
It's another small payment against a debt we can never fully repay.“Michael Monsoor’s name will now be linked with one of our nation’s most visible examples of military power — a U.S. Navy warship,” (Secretary of the Navy Donald) Winter said in the address prepared for a Navy SEAL Warrior Fund dinner.
The Michael Monsoor will be the second DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class advanced destroyer. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is expected to begin construction of the ship next year at its Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., with delivery projected to take place in 2014.
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael Monsoor is one of two sailors awarded the Medal of Honor since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. The first, Lt. Michael Murphy, is the namesake of DDG 112, now under construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine, and is expected to be delivered in 2011.
Here's my original post on the day Monsor's family accepted the Medal of Honor on his behalf. Take a moment and see how this extraordinary man gave his life to save his fellow SEALS.