U.S. Navy Gives New Meaning to the Words “Speed Boat”

The USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), an Arliegh Burke-class destroyer, is known for its speed and maneuverability. Named after Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez, who fought in the Vietnam War and received the Medal of Honor. Shipbuilders laid the USS Gonzalez’ keel down on Feb. 3, 1994, and the ship was christened nearly a year later on Feb. 18, 1995.

This video was taken off the East Coast off of Norfolk, VA in 2007.

It is clear the skipper and crew of the USS Gonzalez were having some fun making this video. Some of the crew are even manning the rail as the ship goes into this high speed “evasive action” maneuver. It is truly impressive to see a ship of this size being so agile and quick.

Go Navy!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.