Testing the waters

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The Spruance, the 33rd Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, gets in the water for the first time on Sunday, June 6, after being christened the day before. The ship is named for Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, who commanded the aircraft carrier battle group at the World War II Battle of Midway in the Pacific.

The bow of the Spruance as the ship heads toward a land-level dry dock at Bath Iron Works on Saturday, June 5.The colors are presented during the christening of the Spruance on Saturday, June 5. Gov. John Baldacci, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, and U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary Sean Stackley were among those who attended the ceremony at Bath Iron Works.