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    USS Gettysburg (CG-64) sailors participate in a unique and historical community relations activity

    USS Gettysburg (CG-64) sailors with model of the USS Newport News (CA-148)

    Photo By Max Lonzanida | Submitted Photo by Clay Farrington. Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-Class Guided...... read more read more



    Story by Max Lonzanida  

    Hampton Roads Naval Museum

    Earlier this week a contingent of sailors from the Ticonderoga-Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64) were on-hand at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum for a unique and labor intensive community relations activity.

    As part of the museum’s new exhibit “The Ten Thousand Day War at Sea: the US Navy in Vietnam, 1950-1975”, a massive model of the Des-Moines Class Heavy Cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148) arrived at the museum. The model arrived on a covered truck, and staff members from the Office of the Curator of Models at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland were on-hand to supervise the unloading and careful movement. The muscle required to move the model into the gallery was provided by the Gettysburg sailors.

    After arriving in a panel truck, contractors gently pushed the model onto the trucks lift; and thereafter a contingent of a dozen Gettysburg sailors took to the heavy lifting. The nearly 16-foot-long model was solid, and a tap on its hull revealed its construction of wood and metal for a model that was built to withstand the test of time. Sailors wheeled it into the building and, with ample sweat and muscle, lifted it up as if carrying a stretcher to the Naval Museum on the second deck of Nauticus.

    A series of delicate turns and lifts, under the watchful eye of the museum’s exhibits specialist, ensured that the model made its way to a raised platform that highlights elements of the surface Navy during the Vietnam War. After nearly 45 minutes of careful lifting and maneuvering, coupled with ample amounts of muscle and sweat, the solid model was finally lowered onto its display platform for its debut to the public.

    On-hand during the labor-intensive evolution was the cruiser’s Commanding Officer, Captain Corey Keniston, who personally thanked his sailors for their support. Also on hand was Museum Director, John Pentangelo, who personally thanked each sailor with a museum coin, and an open invitation to the contingent of sailors to return to see the finished exhibit on opening day on October 9, 2019 at 10am.



    Date Taken: 09.24.2019
    Date Posted: 09.27.2019 17:16
    Story ID: 344423
    Location: NORFOLK , VA, US 
    Hometown: NEWPORT NEWS, VA, US
    Hometown: NORFOLK, VA, US
    Hometown: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US
    Hometown: RICHMOND, VA, US
    Hometown: WASHINGTON, DC, US

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