US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Commissioning Ceremony, USS PREBLE


On 9 November 2002, NCBC Cadets joined with their fellow Cadets from the Providence, RI-based FALCON Division for a trip to the World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The occasion for the joint exercise was the commissioning of the USS Preble (DDG 88), a guided missile destroyer. Upon arrival, the Cadets immediately set to work, assisting the Preble crew in managing the crowd of spectators that thronged to the pierside to witness this singular event. Sea Cadets from all over eastern New England participated in the commissioning - at times there seemed to be more Sea Cadets in the crowd than active duty Navy.

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USS Constitution, the oldest
commissioned vessel in the US Navy.
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USS Preble, the newest
commissioned vessel in the US Navy.
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Constitution and Preble, bow to bow.
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Waterfront security was evident.
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A Sea Cadet keeps the line moving.
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A Cadet assists midshipmen.
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Sea Cadets hand out commissioning books.
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NSCC Officer gets frisked at the gate.
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A Sea Cadet assists in crowd control.
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Sea Cadets prepare commissioning brochures.
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USS Constitution officers report aboard.
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Heritage and history mark the ceremony.
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Sea Cadets turn over the watch.
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A Cadet at his duty station.
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A Cadet at his duty station.
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Constitution Sailors assist.
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Sea Cadet CPO, arriving.
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Constitution Color Guard at the ready.
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A Rear Admiral opens the ceremonies.
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Senator Kennedy and Walter Cronkite stand by.
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ADM Vern Clark, CNO, stands by.
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Senator Kennedy holds forth.
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Preble commissioned, flag hoisted.
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Walter Cronkite sets the first watch.
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The Navy Jack is hoisted forward.
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Preble crew brings the ship to life.
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Preble crew double time to stations.
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Preble crew manning the rails.
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Preble crew, at the ready.
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Sea Cadets enjoy the show.
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The United States Ship Preble




 
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