Celebrate the Baltimore Destroyer Joining Active Duty

Baltimore Harbor | credit ericfoltz from Getty Images Signature

This summer, witness a larger-than-life battleship make history in the Baltimore Harbor at the grand commissioning ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin.

Coined with the nickname “Baltimore Destroyer,” the USS Carl M. Levin is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built with air and missile defense capability. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants that serve a vital role in global maritime security. Built to lead a surface fleet in military protection, the vessel boasts high firepower, quick reaction time and increased electronics for strategic defense. 

This June, join the locals, Navy community and sailors to toast the ship with receptions and a celebratory commissioning day. The festivities kick off with “Tin Can Thursday” at McGarvey’s restaurant in downtown Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy. Be sure to head to the Baltimore Inner Harbor for the main events. The ship is set to arrive the week of June 19 and will make Pearl Harbor, HI, its homebase post-commission. 

Stay tuned for updates at


Commissioning Eve

Gala & VIP Reception
Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. 
Four Seasons Hotel, Inner Harbor

Commissioning Day

Dignitary & Crew Breakfast 
Saturday, June 24 (morning; time TBD)
Baltimore Harbor

Official Commissioning Ceremony

Saturday June 24 (afternoon; time TBD)
Baltimore Harbor

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