At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Apr. 8, the commissioning ceremony of the latest American guided missile frigate, USS "Dahlgren" took place before a crowd of high-ranking naval officers and guests.
GV USS "Dahlgren"
TV Pan From sailors to Terrier guided missiles.
CU Rear Admiral C.H. Lyman, reads commissioning speech.
GV Raising the flag.
SV Boys salute.
SV Commander Cary E. Landis accepts command from Rear Admiral Lyman.
GV "Dahlgren" as seen from the bridge.
GV Bridge and gun.
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Background: At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Apr. 8, the commissioning ceremony of the latest American guided missile frigate, USS "Dahlgren" took place before a crowd of high-ranking naval officers and guests. The Commissioning speech was read by Rear Admiral Charles Lyman, Commandant of the Fourth Naval District.
After the Commissioning speech Commanding Officer of the "Dahlgren", Commander Cary Landis, read his orders and set the first watch. The company was then addressed by the United States Under Secretary of Navy Paul Burgess. The Reverend John Roak of Philadelphia said the Benidiction.
Launched on Mar. 16, 1960, the "Dahlgren" is armed with Terrier all-weather surface-to-air guided missiles. These weapons can intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at long ranges and high altitudes. The 5,400-ton warship is 512 ft. long with a beam of 50 ft. Fitted with the latest Sonar device to locate submarines she can fire an anti-submarine rocket for long range attacks. At close quarters attacks are conducted with homing torpedoes.