HII Newport News Announced Future USS John F Kennedy Christening

November 25, 2019 – Caroline Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s daughter and sponsor of his namesake ship, will smash a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s hull on Saturday, Dec. 7, to christen the aircraft carrier. The christening ceremony is not open to the public. Invited guests include shipbuilders and their families; Kennedy sailors and their families; the…

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King of Thailand Christens New Frigate

October 17, 2019 – Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn ceremonially launched a newly-built navy frigate, named HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Wednesday. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, accompanied by Queen Suthida, presided over the launch ceremony and anointed the navy frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, named after the late king and father of the current one, at Sattahip naval base in Chonburi province. The frigate,…

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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USNS Burlington, designated T-EPF 10, will be the first ship in naval service to honor Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. The first Navy ship Burlington (PF-51) was…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the Legend-class National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) today in front of hundreds of guests. “We often speak of our service as a family, our Coast Guard family,” said Adm. Charles Michel, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. “The Midgett name takes that seriously with a…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division celebrated the christening of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) November 4th with approximately 1,200 guests in attendance. “This ship is a fitting tribute to the master chief who set the tone for all of us to follow as authentic, competent and courageous leaders,” said Master Chief Petty Officer…

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Navy to Christen Destroyer Delbert D Black

The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Saturday, Nov. 4, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Delbert D. Black is the first ship to bear the name of a master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) and is named…

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MSC Commander Speaks at USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Christening Ceremony in San Diego

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, commander, Military Sealift Command, served as a speaker at the christening of the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, expeditionary staging base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Oct. 21. Mewbourne was one of five speakers that included Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli (LHA 7)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened smphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) September 16th with approximately 2,000 guests in attendance. Lynne Mabus, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, is the ship’s sponsor and officially christened Tripoli after successfully breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across its bow. “I’d like to thank the shipbuilders, who, through what…

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