Collection relating to the U.S.S. John Young (DD973) a Multi-Mission Destroyer Launched in 1976.
This collection of material relates to the launching of a new U.S. Navy Multi-Mission Destroyer John Young(DD-973). Included are the christening bottle in presentation box, her commissioning pennant, and a plaque displaying the bow of the destroyer with presentation plaques applied.
The Christening bottle is still wrapped in the original red, white and blue silk banding and is displayed in the green felt lined walnut box (17″l x 7″w x 6″h) with a presentation plaque affixed to the lid.
The Plaque bears a name plate for the ship, and another presentation plaque mounted below the model of the bow of the destroyer.
Completing the collection is the commissioning pennant 49″ long.
Condition overall is fine + to excellent; there is some fading to the lid of the walnut box from sunlight; the bow model has some minor damage, missing some small pieces on the deck, and not all that noticeable and a broken anchor chain; the pennant has some rust near the grommet and on a few stars.
The John Young was named in honor of her name sake, Captain John Young, Continental Navy who gave his life in the struggle for American Independence.
This collection was presented to the Sponsor Mrs. Harold E. Shear, on February 7, 1976 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi.