King, Kendall J.
June 2006
Naval History;Jun2006, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p39
The article informs that in January 2005, naval tradition, Greek mythology, Native American heritage, and 21st-century advanced technology all came together with the formal stepping the mast ceremony for the future amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). While a mast-stepping ceremony is not new to the U.S. Navy, the blending of thousands of years of tradition and heritage in the shadows of Mesa Verde's Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor System is unique. Historically, the placement of the mast into the hull was the dramatic moment in ship construction when the shell truly became a sailing ship.


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