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Mount Vernon, VA, June 30, 2023 – Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro will host a ship naming celebration for the future USS Lafayette (FFG 65) on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 10:30 AM ET.
The future USS Lafayette honors Marquis De Lafayette and his service during the American Revolutionary War. The choice of Mount Vernon for the celebration commemorates the long-term friendship between George Washington and Lafayette.
SECNAV Del Toro will provide remarks and announce the sponsor of Lafayette. Other speakers include French Ambassador to the U.S. Laurent Bili, his spouse, Sabine Raczy-Bili, and Dr. Doug Bradburn, President and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Also in attendance will be “General Washington” and “Marquis de Lafayette.”
Media interested in covering the event should RSVP as soon as possible to Julie Almacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.667.3622. Registered media will receive a confirmation email with participation instructions.
Read more about the announcement in France here.
A member of the French nobility, the young Lafayette took a fervent interest in the cause of the American revolutionaries, and in December 1776, was contracted into service as a major general in the Continental Army. In 1779, he returned briefly to France, where he successfully advocated for military aid for the Americans. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, where British soldiers shot him in the leg. After his recovery, Lafayette joined Gen. George Washington as a member of his personal staff, forming a bond that has been characterized as the one shared between a father and his son.
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