Oscar Austin aboard a troop ship on his way to his destiny. Austins Spirit was piped aboard during the ceremony and
will reside aboard the DDG-79.
I would like to thank Ships Captain, Officers and all the members of the USS Oscar Austin to have been given the oppurtunity
to tour this magnificent 'Fighting Ship" and to attend an outstanding Commissioning Ceremony. This ship will carry on the proud
traditon of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy in the years ahead.
Victor Vilionis, 19 August 2000.