Marcelle Leahy Christens Latest Navy Ship, The USNS Burlington

Marcelle Leahy, accompanied by her husband, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on Saturday christened the USNS Burlington (EPF 10) at the Mobile, Ala., shipyard where it is being finished.  Marcelle Leahy was chosen to sponsor this newest Navy ship, named for Vermont’s largest city, which will be able to quickly deliver service members and materiel for military and humanitarian missions.

Born in Newport, Vt., Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy is a first-generation American born of Canadian parents.  Married to Patrick Leahy for more than 55 years, she has sustained a career as a Registered Nurse and has long been a civic stalwart, serving as the honorary chair of the Vermont National Guard Family Readiness and Support Program, where she raised awareness of the selflessness and sacrifices of members of the armed forces and their families, as well as the challenges they face upon reintegrating after deployment.  She was introduced at the christening ceremony by her husband.

Marcelle Leahy said naming the ship for the Vermont city is fitting:  “Vermonters have long heeded the call in service to this nation.  From the original, pre-Revolution Green Mountain Boys to Vermont’s National Guard and members of the Armed Forces today, Vermonters have responded when the duties of the nation have called.”

The USNS Burlington is the tenth of twelve state-of-the-art Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) being built for the Navy by Austal USA.  Much faster than traditional transport ships, EPFs are designed to support amphibious landings, or perform humanitarian missions to bring hope and comfort to those in need.

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