Young Naval officers get a tour of the Chancellorsville battlefield.
Captain David Tyler with the Navy Warfare Command says they will also honor the Friends of Fredericksburg at 2 p.m. Friday in front of the Chancellorsville Visitor's Center. The group helped raise money in 1989 to get family members of the then USS Chancellorsville's sailors to its' christening.
At a time when budget cuts are causing many Naval ships to be decommissioned, the Chancellorsville is being upgraded. It has gotten significant enhancements over the past year and is about to go into trials. Its' current Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Hesser says it is a world class warship and capable of firing the Navy's latest surface to air missles. It is on the forefront of leading the Pacific Fleet over the next decade.
Spotsylvania resident and Petty officer David Gentry is here for the ceremony and feels honored that his hometown is recognized all the way in California, where the USS Chancellorsville is based. He says he is reminded every time he has a five hour watch on the ships' quarterdeck. There hangs a plaque that talks about the Battle of Chancellorsville and its' tie to the ship. It also mentions the Friends of the USS Chancellorsville and the christening more than 20 years ago.