Uss Annapolis Commissioned With Silver, Song And Ceremony

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April 13, 1992

The USS Annapolis, the Navy's newest nuclear submarine, was commissioned Saturday in Groton, Conn., with all the hoopla befitting such anoccasion and with gifts from city officials and local civic leaders to link the crew to Maryland's capital.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, who lead a delegation of more than 100 Annapolitans to the ceremonies,presented the silver punch bowl and ladle from the original USS Annapolis, a gunboat that served in the Spanish-American War.

A local radio station donated 400 compact discs, while another organization contributed money for a CD player for the cabin mess. Others supplied an aerial photo of the city that hangs above the officers' dining table and commemorative dog tags from the crew members.

The Annapolis High School Band got in on the act, too, providing musicfor the huge crowd.

The sub is scheduled to be in Annapolis during the Naval Academy's Commissioning Week May 24-31, when members of the commemorative committee are to present a ship's bell that has beencast by John Meneely, a Deale bell-maker.

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