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USS Michael Monsoor

The U.S. Navy officially welcome a new ship to America’s fleet, named in honor of a Navy SEAL who sacrificed everything for his teammates.

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Michael Monsoor

  • U.S. Navy SEAL 2nd Class Petty Officer
  • Deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006
  • During a fire fight, Monsoor jumped on a grenade, shielding his teammates from the blast; he died from his injuries.
  • Awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, posthumously (after his death).
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What Is Happening:

  • Commissioning: Ceremony that officially welcomes ship into active service for the U.S. Navy.
  • U.S. tradition dates back to Revolutionary War (and beyond).
  • The ship’s sponsor (traditionally a woman) gives the first order: “Man our ship and bring her to life!”
  • Sally Monsoor is the sponsor for the ship honoring her son.
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Why A New Ship Matters:

  • U.S. Navy ships often take years, even a decade, to build.
  • USS Michael Monsoor is a Zumwalt-class Destroyer, the most advanced ship in the Navy.
  • The ship can carry state-of-the-art air/sea drones; it also has the capacity to fire powerful, advanced air & sea missiles.
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The ship's sponsor traditionally gifts an item to the ship. The Monsoor family gave a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of soldiers, and namesake of their son. Petty Officer Monsoor died on Sept. 29, the feast day of St. Michael.

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