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Capt. Frank Castellano

Naval Postgraduate School alumnus and former USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) commanding officer, Navy Capt. Frank Castellano, addresses university students, faculty and staff during a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture, Oct. 16, in King Auditorium. The Bainbridge caught the public’s attention after it led the dramatic rescue operation that freed Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009.

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This work, Capt. Frank Castellano, by Javier Chagoya, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.16.2012

Date Posted:10.23.2012 16:38

Photo ID:766094



Size:20.3 KB

Location:MONTEREY, CA, USGlobe

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