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United States Navy to Christen Newest Addition to Fleet

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United States Navy to Christen Newest Addition to Fleet on Thursday, May 29th at the Stan Sayers Memorial Pits at Lake Washington as the United States Navy christens it's latest vessel-the U-50 "Spirit of the Navy" Unlimited Hydroplane.

Christening ceremonies will take place at 11:00, followed by testing until 2:00 on the Ted Jones race course on Lake Washington.

The "Spirit of the Navy" project is a joint effort between the United States Navy and Go Fast, Turn Left Racing, to honor the men and women of the armed forces all over the world.  Painted in a scheme similar to the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team the Blue Angels, the U-50 will spend the summer of 2008 on the American Boat Racing Association's hydroplane tour, as well as making appearances at festivals and events in the Pacific Northwest.

Albert Lee Appliances, who will sponsor the "Spirit of the Navy" at the Tri-Cities Lamb Weston Columbia Cup, and Chevrolet Cup at Seafair this summer, will be on hand to cook and serve free hot dogs and hamburgers to all spectators and visitors.

U-50 "Spirit of the Navy" Facts:

Owner:  Greg O'Farrell, Go Fast, Turn Left Racing, LLC

Drivers:  Brian Perkins, David Williams

Crew Chief:  Jimmie Labrie

Sponsors:  United States Navy, Albert Lee Appliances, Michigan Mortgage Consultants

Colors:  Navy Blue & Gold

Hull Length: 29 feet

Hull Width: 14 feet, 4 inches

Hull Weight: 6,750 lbs in race trim

Top Speed: 200 mph +

Engine: Lycoming T-55 L-7C gas turbine

Propeller: 3-bladed stainless steel

Safety Features: Fully enclosed safety cockpit with F-16 canopy, steel-bar rollcage, 5-point safety harness, driver HANS device and emergency underwater breathing system.

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