These photos were taken by Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Parker of Vice Admiral Connor’s staff. They are used by permission of the US Navy.
The Navy band played before the ceremony.
Part of the crowd of more than 2,000 on the pier.
More of the crowd on this great fall day.
Admiral Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, was the main speaker.
Captain Doug Gordon takes command of his boat!
At the command of Katie Fowler to “Man our ship!” the crew ran on board.
The boat is manned!
Officers salute on the gangway.
The commissioning pennant was unfurled.
Paul Stanton of the Commissioning Support Team coordinated the entire ceremony.