Glenn to attend christening of ship with his name

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Space pioneer John Glenn will be in San Diego this weekend for a watery tribute.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1fcHiek ) says he’ll attend the christening of a Navy logistics ship bearing his name.

On Saturday, Glenn will visit General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. His daughter, Lyn, will christen the 765-foot ship with a bottle of champagne.

The John Glenn is a Mobile Landing Platform ship - a new type of amphibious staging and assault vessel.

Glenn, who’s 92, was the first American astronaut to orbit Earth. In 1998 he also became the oldest person to fly in space when he joined a space shuttle mission at the age of 77.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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