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Awsome. I've linked to you on my page.

Interesting bit of trivia on the Lutjens, the first vessel to render honors like this (covered in the second Update): it's an ex-USN vessel. I can't find it in my reference materials right now, but it was built for the US Navy, served in the US Navy, and then went to the Kriegsmarine.

Means nothing, of course, but I thought it interesting when I found it out.

And WHAT exactly is so extraordinary about this gesture? Germany has been a staunch U.S. ally in the war on terror, especially in Afghanistan. Iraq? Well, it is just that most Germans, like myself, did and do not believe that the war in Iraq would help us win the war on terror - quite the opposite.

Well Lutz it probably wouldn't be the first time most Germans were wrong, now would it? Probably not the last time either.

The US Navy is well aware of the honor. I seriously doubt there are many who have not heard of this; I received two copies of the picture in my e-mail (from other sailors) and it was posted on the official US Navy website.

Despite our differences over the Iraq issue, the Germans are (and will be) our friends and allies.

According to this website: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/01028.htm, the Lutjens is a Charles F Adams-class Guided Missile Destroyer. There were originally three of them in the Bundesmarine: the Lutjens, Molders and Rommel. It seems that the Rommel has been decommissioned.

@ Dr Funk

I remember the christening of the Rommel when I was in Junior High School. The Rommel was built in Bath, Maine for the Kriegsmarine. It was never a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship.

What caught my attention when I was a kid was the ship was named after the famous "Desert Fox." If I remember correctly, his widow and son attended the christening. His son was the former mayor of Stuttgard.

Frohe Weihnachten und guter Rutsch ins neuen Jahr!

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