18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
USS Thomas Hudner returning from sea trials

The USS Thomas Hudner is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy, and was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named in honor of U.S. Naval Aviator Capt. (Ret.) Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., the last living Navy recipient of the Medal of Honor to have served in the Korean War. Bath Iron Works has been an active shipyard since the 1800s. This photo was taken as the Hudner returned from sea trials, rounding Doubling Point on the Kennebec River. I worked at the shipyard for 27 years, and was thrilled to be able to get the opportunity to see this beautiful ship built by incredible Maine shipbuilders return from trials. An added bonus for me - my son works for a contractor to the shipyard and was on the ship at the time.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Bath, Maine, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Kathleen Nadeau