The Navy added its 12th Aegis guided missile cruiser to the fleet Saturday with the commissioning of the USS Philippine Sea.

An audience of several hundred people braved freezing rain for the ceremony in which the ship symbolically was brought to life and made the official responsibility of her captain and crew.To the order "Wardogs, man your ship," the 385-member crew ran up the gangplanks to their new vessel. The ship's guns and radar were rotated in a show for the crowd, and a cannon fired a 21-gun salute.

In a speech marking the occasion, Sen. William Cohen, R-Maine, ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, warned against solving the federal deficit problem strictly through cuts in defense spending.