Birth of a Frigate

Bainbridge Christening

Susan Bainbridge Sturgis, Mrs. Robert Goodale, christens U.S.S. Bainbridge on April 15, 1961 at Quincy, Mass as John B. Connally Jr., Secretary of the Navy, and later Governor of Texas looks on. The Admiral sleeve at the left side of the photo belongs to Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, "Thirty-One Knot Burke", Chief of  Naval Operations at the time who was transferred to the retired list just a few months later. Can any of you plank owners identify the wincing woman in the back?


Bainbridge Launching

The Launching



Commissioning at the fantail, October 6, 1962