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Navy holds commissioning ceremony for USS Michael Monsoor, named for local hero who died to save others | Orange County Register
This undated photo released by the United States Navy shows Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor posing for a photo in Ramadi, Iraq. The elite Navy SEAL who threw himself on top of a grenade in Iraq to save his comrades was posthumously awarded the highest U.S. military tribute, the Medal of Honor, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (AP Photo/ United States Navy)

Navy holds commissioning ceremony for USS Michael Monsoor, named for local hero who died to save others | Orange County Register

‚ÄúThe USS Michael Monsoor is manned and ready and reports for duty.‚ÄĚ

With those words, the Navy’s newest destroyer, named for a Garden Grove High School graduate and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, was commissioned into service, her new crew lining the bow and standing at attention.

Monsoor‚Äôs final brave act ‚Äď diving onto a grenade to save his fellow SEALS and soldiers while providing cover from a roof in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006 ‚Äď was spoken of frequently during the hour-long commissioning ceremony Saturday morning, Jan. 26, dockside at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

But so too were his acts of devotion to his family, his love of country and strength of character.

Monsoor‚Äôs mother, Sally Monsoor, is the ship‚Äôs sponsor. It is the second of three ‚Äúnext-generation‚ÄĚ Zumwalt-class destroyers the Navy is adding to its fleet.

On Saturday, as the crew, which had been assembled behind the audience of a couple hundred people, sprinted forward toward the end of the ceremony to man the ship, Sally Monsoor was standing before the towering deck watching as each passed before her.

Monsoor’s two brothers passed the traditional telescoping long glass to the first officer as the ship’s first watch took its place. Other family members watched from the front row of the audience.

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