Launching invitation

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Taking a tour of the pilothouse
Taking a tour of the pilothouse.
(Note: Not all of the instrumentation is in yet.)

The Christening Party
The Christening Party. From Left to Right:
Honorable Robert Hale, First Congressional District of Maine.
RADM C.F. Espe, USN, Commandant, First Naval District.
Mr. John R. Newell, President, Bath Iron Works Corporation.
Mrs. W.J. McNeil.
Honorable W.J. McNeil, Assistant Secretary of Defense.
CAPT Stanley M. Alexander, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Inspector of Ordinance, Bath.
Mrs. Charles E. Wilson, Sponsor.
Honorable Charles E. Wilson, former Secretary of Defense, husband of Sponsor.
Mrs. E. Curtis Matthews, daughter of Sponsor.
Mr. E. Curtis Matthews, son-in-law of Sponsor.
Mrs. Thomas Gates Jr.
Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Jr., Secretary of the Navy.
RADM H.T. Deutermann, USN, Commander Destroyer Flotilla TWO.
RADM Robert L. Moore, JR., USN, Commander, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Mrs. Charles E. Wilson officially christens the USS Somers.

The USS Somers slides down the ways into the Kennebec River.

I would like to give a big thanks to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, for their assistance in publishing these photos on this page.