Navy Christens Newest Aegis Destroyer

The Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer came to life Saturday in Pascagoula.

Hundreds of people gathered at Northrop Grumman for the christening of the USS Mustin. The Mustin is the Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer.

The Navy usually names a ship for an individual who has shown tremendous leadership. This time, an entire family is being honored. Together, the Mustin family has given nearly a century of service to the Navy.

Admiral Vernon E. Clark, the chief of Navy operations, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He says the Mustin sends a message of courage, not only to Americans, but everyone in the world, and especially those responsible for the events of September 11th.

Ingalls workers began construction on the Mustin two years ago. It's expected to be complete in 2003.