The USNS Wally Schirra christened

The late-astronaut and longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Wally Schirra has his name attached to a Navy cargo ship that was launched Sunday at the NASSCO shipyard on San Diego Bay.

The USNS Wally Schirra, the eighth in a class of cargo ships, was christened by his widow, Josephine, who broke a champagne bottle against the side of the vessel as their son and daughter watched, NASSCO’s Karl Johnson said.

Schirra was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts and was the command pilot of Apollo VII, the first manned flight in the program that led to landings on the moon. He was familiar to millions of Americans as the space expert sitting next to Walter Cronkite during the Apollo 11 landing and other space adventures.

Schirra died in 2007.

Also in attendance were astronauts Bill Anders, Scott Carpenter, Jim Lovell, and Tom Stafford; and actor Mark Harmon, who portrayed Schirra in the 1998 miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” Johnson said.

The new 689-foot boat is part of the Lewis and Clark class of T-AKE ships, is designed to carry and transfer to other vessels ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts and other supplies so that the Navy can maintain a forward operating capability. They carry a crew of 172.

The Navy has ordered 14 of the vessels from NASSCO.

Related posts:

  1. Research Roundup: Basic research gets financial boost from major grants
  2. A winter pastime: Horseback riding

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=7367

Posted by Pat Sherman on Mar 9, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club Ladies Golf Tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the women of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club have organized an annual tournament for 13 years raising funds for organizations whose focus is the treatment and/or cure and prevention of breast cancer. Deana Ingalls and a capable and creative committee are organizing another Breast Cancer Benefit Tournament on Oct. 1 […]
  • Couple pleads guilty in fraud case involving Rancho Santa Fe broker
    A real estate investor and his wife pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to conspiring with a Rancho Santa Fe broker and others to defraud mortgage lenders and impede the Internal Revenue Service. Grant McCollough, 38, and his 36-year-old wife, Marisa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defrauding the United States. Both face up to five years in prison […]
  • Village Church Installation of Rev. Dr. Neal Presa
    An installation of the Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, one of the Associate Pastors of the Village Church, was held Sept. 28 […]