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From USS Mobile Bay Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Palm Springs Navy League Council (PSNL) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) formally recognized their new partnership during a cermony in the Aegis guided-missile cruiser's helicopter hangar Jan. 22.

PSNL also supports USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), and USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715).

"It was an honor and a privilege for the Palm Springs Navy League to adopt USS Mobile Bay," said David Whitson, president of PSNL.

Capt. James Housinger, commanding officer of Mobile Bay, extended his thanks and gratitude for PSNL's involvement with Mobile Bay. "Adoption of specific units like Mobile Bay brings the Navy League into direct contact with the Sailors they are supporting" said Housinger. "The Navy League's value is not only in the direct tangible support of visiting the ship or inviting Sailors up to the Palm Springs area for weekends, but the community support and awareness that the Navy League creates."

One way the Navy League supports men and women in uniform is through the "adoption" of ships and units of the sea services. The mission of the Navy League is to educate American citizens and their elected officials about naval matters and the importance of sea power.

The purpose of adopting a ship, station, or other military unit or facility is to concentrate the efforts of local Navy League members on that particular ship or station. In addition to the aforementioned units, PSNL has also adopted Southern California-based units Assault Craft Unit 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, and Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps Station.

Mobile Bay was named in honor of the Battle of Mobile Bay fought between the Federal and Confederate Navies on Aug. 5, 1864 during the Civil War. During the battle, Union Adm. David Farragut, in the heat of battle, famously commanded, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." Mobile Bay adopted the admiral's quote as its motto.

Mobile Bay has been a key part of recent American military history, playing a crucial role in Desert Storm and multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Most recently, the ship has undergone a major shipyard period as a part of the Aegis Cruiser Modernization Program.

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