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Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the rails

Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the rails

USS Preble (DDG 88) commissioning ceremony

Sen. Ted Kennedy addresses guest and crew during the USS Preble (DDG 88) commissioning ceremony

USS Preble (DDG 88) commissioning ceremony

Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the ship and bringing her life as part of her commissioning ceremony.

Lt. Scott Henrickson, center, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Martin Haebeck, left, and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Edison Faggett, stand at parade rest during the guided missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) commissioning ceremony.

USS Preble (DDG 88) held its commissioning ceremony on South Boston's Commonwealth Pier while moored bow to bow with USS Constitution.

USS Preble (DDG 88) arrives for the first time as its homeport of San Diego

the crew of USS Preble (DDG 88) fires live ammunition from a 5-inch 62-caliber gun.

Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class Mandy Fetterman launches a 100-gram weather balloon

A MK-46 torpedo launch from USS Preble DDG 88

directs a commercial Bell 4 helicopter into landing position

A MK-46 torpedo is launched from USS Preble DDG 88

Sailors assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) combat a simulated flight deck fire at the firefighting course on board Fleet Training Center, San Diego.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) man the rails as the ship gets underway for deployment.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) prepares to depart on their deployment.

Marines and Sailors salute the Ensign during morning colors as the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) prepares to depart for a six-month deployment.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) prepares to depart on their deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) pulls away from the pier at Naval Station San Diego.

More than 5,000 Sailors and Marines embarked with USS Belleau Wood's (LHA 3) Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), deployed to the Western Pacific and Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR).

A Tug boat pushes the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) away from the pier.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) prepares to depart on their deployment.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) prepares to depart on their deployment.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) steams toward the Coronado Bay Bridge of San Diego as it gets underway for deployment.

Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), man the rails as the ship heads for the Coronado Bridge.

The guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) prepares to depart for a six-month deployment. Mobile Bay is part of the Belleau Wood Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

Operations Specialist 1st Class Robert G. Swigart, of Fountain Valley, Calif., plots the position of the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood LHA 3.

Marines assigned to special operations capable 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit MEU and Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood LHA 3.

Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three ESG-3, Brig. Gen. Joseph V. Medina, left of white shirt, Commanding Officer, USS Belleau Wood LHA 3.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) makes wake towards the beach as a member of the Beach Master Unit signals for a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to come ashore.

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1632) drops it gate during a beach landing as USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) transfers equipment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

A U.S. Marine armored personnel vehicle is off-loaded from a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) .

The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) conducts a refueling at sea (RAS) with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary support tanker RFA Bayleaf (A 109).

A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) carries American and Pakistani officers and enlisted personnel to the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) cruises in the Arabian Sea during the exercise Inspired Siren 2004.

Sailors assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the Pakistani Navy, prepare to conduct a ship boarding in a simulated maritime interdiction operation (MIO).

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Vern Clark, is piped aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Vern Clark, speaks to Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during his tour of the Middle East region.

The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) patrols the waters surrounding the Al Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) as a super tanker takes-on crude oil.

A Sailor assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from USS Preble (DDG 88), climbs the 80-foot accommodation ladder of a super oil tanker to conduct a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO).

A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) carrying a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), prepares to conduct a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO).

A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) carrying a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), returns after conducting a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO).

Lt.j.g. Mathias Roth, observes an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter.

Chief Petty Officer Chuck Norris form the Royal Navy Liaison Office, Singapore, keeps a close watch during the arrival of the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) for a scheduled port visit.

Sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) wait patiently to depart the ship after returning to the ship�s homeport of San Diego.

Chief Electrician Paul Schacht from San Diego Calif., kisses his sleeping son after returning home aboard USS Preble (DDG 88).

The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) returnes to her homeport of San Diego, Calif., after completing a surge deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), Brig. Gen. Joseph V. Medina, commends Seaman Brit L. J. Garrett, center, and Boatswain�s Mate 2nd Class Alfonso Verni for their bravery during a helicopter crash.

Secretary of the Navy Gordon England presents Mrs. Connie Clark with the Distinguished Public Service award for more than 36 years of public service.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) fires her MK 45 5-inch/62 caliber lightweight gun.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepares to depart the town of Astroia in Oregon and head towards Portland as part of the Fleet of Ships during the Portland Rose Festival.

A Portland fire boat greets the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) with red white and blue water streams as she passes under the Willamette river�s Steel Bridge.

Gunners Mate 2nd Class Brandi Matheny and Gunners Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Marco, clean the five-inch gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) enjoy the Waterfront Carnival during the 99th annual Portland Rose Festival.

Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, speaks during an educator's luncheon aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53).

Guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DG 53) and USS Preble (DDG 88) moored in Portland for the 99th Rose Festival.

USS Preble (DDG 88) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kevin Hill, delivers a key hit during a softball game.

Guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) heads back out to sea as she passes under the Willamette River Steel Bridge.

The Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transit beside next to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while performing plane guard during cyclic flight operations.

Guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) steams along side the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in preparation for an underway replenishment.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Kevin Warner checks the string to his gun prior to firing shot lines over to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a fuel replenishment ,

Sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) man the phone and distance line along side the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during an underway replenishment.

Guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) steams away from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) immediately following an underway replenishment.

Sailor's look through the spy glass of a watertight door for signs of a fire during engineering drills aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Seaman Nicholas Pennington stands watch from the pilot house aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Pilots hover in an SH-60B Seahawk assigned to the

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) makes an early morning arrival in San Diego.

A tug boat pulls along side the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) as it departs Naval Base San Diego.

From left, Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), and guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) transit in formation.

An SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Antietam (CG 54) move into formation in preparation for a photo exercise along with USS Preble (DDG 88), USS O'kane (DDG 77) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10), off the coast of Guam.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS O'kane (DDG 77) move into formation in preparation for a photo exercise along with USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Antietam (CG 54) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10), off the coast of Guam.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and guided missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) move into formation in preparation for a photo exercise along with USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Antietam (CG 54) and USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).

Guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits in formation during a photo exercise showcasing the entire John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) off the coast of Guam.

Sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) deploy a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to conduct approach operation exercises with guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).

Aboard guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), Coast Guard Gunner's Mate 1st Class Taylor Nobles debriefs Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Shahjahan (DD 186) crew members.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class William Muckenfuss, assigned to guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) pads down a Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Shahjahan (DD 186) crew member.

Engineman 2nd Class Kory Houser, assigned to guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), boards Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Shahjahan (DDG 186) as part of a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jose Romo, assigned to guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), lifts weights to stay fit while underway.

Sailors conduct an underway live-fire exercise for qualification purposes aboard guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) as part of Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2007.

Ensign Frank Bierberly watches as the rest of his boarding team returns to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after a day of performing Interaction Patrols (IPATS) in the north Persian Gulf.

Sailors approach guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) in a pair of rigid hull inflatable boats after a day of performing interaction patrols (IPATS) in the Persian Gulf.

Sailors approach guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) in a pair of rigid hull inflatable boats.

Seaman John Moen mans the helm during low visibility conditions caused by a sandstorm at sea aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 69), and amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transit the Gulf of Oman.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Layman practices proper baton striking techniques during force protection training on the forecastle aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

Engineman 3rd Class Blain Churchill steers a rigid, hull, inflatable boat away from a coalition ship with Engineman 1st Class James Parks.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), and Iraqi forces wait for authorization before boarding an oil rig.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team member Enginemen 3rd Class Blain Churchill, attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), drives a rigid hull inflatable boat across the Persian Gulf.

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Jeff Shaver, left, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Mark Domingue, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, check passports.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members from guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), U.S. Coast Guard and Iraqi forces board an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Kim Ditzel, left, and Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jared Klevens watch as their rigid hull inflatable boat approaches an international oil tanker in the Persian Gulf .

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team member Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Kim Ditzel, attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), patrols in the ship's rigid hull inflatable boat.

Lt. j.g. Tom Hennessey, officer in charge of guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, contacts Preble to receive permission to return to the ship.

Lt. j.g. Tom Hennessey, officer in charge of guided-missile destroyer USS Preble's (DDG 88) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, attempts to count personnel aboard an oil tanker before an Iraqi VBSS team boards the ship in the Persian Gulf.

Flight deck personnel work together to spread the blades of an SH-60B Seahawk attached to the Wolfpack of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 45 on the flight deck of the guided-missile USS Preble (DDG 88).

Guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Persian Gulf while conducting interaction patrols (IPATS).

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jared Klevens mans a .60-caliber machine gun as the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) approaches a tugboat in a rigid hull inflatable boat.

Seaman Kevin Bruton, from the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), steers a rigid hull inflatable boat around a local tugboat after dropping off the VBSS team.