The Fourth of July weekend just got a lot more patriotic, as 280 sailors arrived aboard a new US Navy destroyer ship.
The ship is brand new, and most of the sailors who returned Friday afternoon have spent the last four months building it in a Mobile, Alabama dock.
Marissa Bushman’s husband Joshua Bushman was the first plank owner off the ship. Marissa won the first kiss with her husband in a contest.
“It was worth it,” she said.
Joshua agreed, and said his hard work building the ship paid off.
The ship, named after a commanding officer in the Vietnam war, was commissioned during a ceremony in Alabama on June 4. It then departed from the Mobile dock through the Gulf of Mexico
It will now be used to destroy guided missiles, and is capable of carrying Tomahawk missiles, anti-submarine torpedos, surface-to-air missiles and two SH-60 helicopters.