Gary will tell us about some of the more interesting (sometimes silly) things that happened in his Navy career (1961-66) such as being directly under the only atmospheric atomic bomb blast & delaying it for 30 minutes. He’ll also review the 2018 commissioning of the USS Portland since he was the Chairman of the Commissioning Committee.
Portland was launched on 13 February 2016, and was delivered to the Navy on 18 September 2017. She was commissioned on 14 December 2017, but her commissioning ceremony was not held until 21 April 2018, when she was in the city of Portland for the festivities. The commissioning ceremony was protested by a number of local anti-war groups, who opposed a warship being named after the city.