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The Kidd to return to Navy Fleet

NAVSEA News Wire

Release Date: 4/30/2004

By Navy Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd, Medal of Honor Citation: For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Rear Adm. Kidd immediately went to the bridge and, as Commander Battleship Division One, courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until the U.S.S. Arizona, his Flagship, blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The keel laying for the third ship to be named Kidd (DDG 100) took place April 29, 2004 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations Shipyard. Isaac Campbell Kidd, III, grandson of the ship's namesake, Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd was on site for the keel laying. The Kidd name has been distinguished in the Navy's 20th Century history, with the family providing at least one four star admiral, Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, Jr. The Adm.'s father, Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, Sr. died at Pearl Harbor in USSArizona. He was the first flag officer to die in WWII and the first in the U.S. Navy to meet death in action against any foreign enemy.

The first USS Kidd, (DD 661) is a Fletcher Class destroyer now serving as a memorial ship. It is the centerpiece of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial and Museum (formerly the Louisiana Naval War Museum) at Baton Rouge, LA

The second USS Kidd, a Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG 993) became the lead ship of the Kidd Class DDGs (a modification of the Sprunce Class DDGs). Initially built as one of four ships for Iran, the order was cancelled when the Shah was forced into exile and it was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. This ship was unusual in that it was given the name of another ship still afloat, an infrequent event.

The keel laying is the formal recognition of the start of a ship's construction.

For additional information on the USS Kidd see the following web site:

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