Commander H. Wyman Howard Jr. accepts command of the guided missile frigate USS SIMPSON (FFG 56) during the ship's commissioning ceremony. Members of the commissioning party are seated on the speaking platform. (R-L) Rep. Claudine Schneider, R-RI; Commodore David F. Chandler, deputy commander, Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet; and Mr. William E. Haggett, president and chief executive officer of Bath Iron Works Corp