Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, ship's sponsor for pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG 107) enjoys her applause.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (May. 16, 2009) Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, ship's sponsor for pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG 107) enjoys her applause after breaking the traditional bottle of Champaign over the ship's bow, during the christening of the latest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, named in honor of her husband the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast. The ship is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Gravely who was the first African American to command a major warship, achieve flag rank, and to command a numbered fleet. Also in attendance was the Acting Secretary of the Navy B.J. Penn, far-left, and retired Adm. J. Paul Reason, second-left, the first African-American four-star admiral. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Glenn S. Robertson) File# 090516-N-0860R-150