Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

BATH, Maine (AP) — The man whose name appears on the newest ship at Maine's Bath Iron Works earned the bronze star in World War II, led the Navy's swift boats in Vietnam and became the youngest chief of naval operations.

But he's known for more than that.

The late Bud Zumwalt's (ZOOM'-waltz) most lasting legacies are removing obstacles that prevented women and minorities from advancing and taking actions that made life easier for sailors.

Capt. James Kirk is commanding officer of the Zumwalt. He says the ship's namesake "bent the institution of the Navy toward justice."

The stealthy destroyer will be christened by Zumwalt's two daughters at a ceremony Saturday. At 610 feet long and 15,000 tons, it's the largest destroyer built for the Navy.

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