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New Navy destroyer commissioned in Florida

November 14, 2010

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Thousands of people turned out for a celebration of the Navy's newest destroyer and a tribute to a fallen Marine.

The commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham happened under sunny skies at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

The $1 billion guided-missile destroyer was adorned with red, white and blue flags and ribbons to mark the day.

The 510-foot-long ship was built in Bath, Maine, and will have its home port in Norfolk, Va.

It's named for a Marine corporal from New York who died in Iraq six years ago after throwing himself on a grenade to protect others.