U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen (right), CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO), talks with Mrs. Birgit Smith (left) and Rear Adm. Charles S. Hamilton (center) at the christening of the Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) at Marinette, Wis., on Sept. 23, 2006. Mrs. Smith is the sponsor of the ship. Her initials are welded on the ship's keel. Her husband, U.S. Army SGT. First Class Paul Ray Smith, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class (AW) Chad J. McNeeley) (Released)