Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of New Jersey (SSN 796)

March 19, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division hosted a keel authentication ceremony today for the Virginia-class attack submarine New Jersey (SSN 796). “We enjoy participating in the Navy’s many traditions,” said Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. “They offer us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our daily work and remind the talented shipbuilders and the crew of the important role we all play in something much greater than ourselves—our nation’s defense. “This tradition also begins a journey and lifelong partnership between…

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Keel Authenticated for the Future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11)

August 9, 2018 – A ceremony celebrating the keel authentication of the Navy’s 11th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, the future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11), was held at the Mobile, Alabama shipyard of Austal USA, the ship’s manufacturer. Puerto Rico will be the third ship in naval service named after the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, honoring its historically strong ties to the military. A keel laying is the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction, as the keel is the symbolic backbone of a ship. The keel…

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Laying the Keel Developing the Backbone of the US Navy

Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. For the enlisted force, “Laying the Keel – Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends. In anything we do, we must always have a vision first. Laying the Keel is the blueprint of that vision for Enlisted Leader Development. This was developed by Sailors for Sailors. This deliberate and comprehensive approach is a path to becoming more authentic, competent, and courageous leaders. Laying the Keel sets our course…

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Navy lays keel of USS Kansas City (LCS 22)

he U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) at Austal USA’s shipyard here Nov. 15. Ship’s sponsor Tracy Davidson, wife of Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander Fleet Forces Command, authenticated the keel for the eleventh Independence variant of the littoral combat ship class during the ceremony. While keel laying traditionally represents the formal start of a ship’s construction, advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of…

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