Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Christens 10th Virginia-Class
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) today christened the 10^th Virginia-class submarine,
Minnesota (SSN 783), at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
Minnesota Christening Bottle-Break
Ship's Sponsor Ellen Roughead
performs the traditional honor of
breaking a bottle of American sparkling
wine across the hull of the submarine
Minnesota (SSN 783). Also pictured
(left to right) are Newport News
Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin
and Cmdr. John Fancher, the ship's
prospective commanding officer.
About 1,800 people gathered for the
christening celebration of Minnesota
(SSN 783). The submarine is about 88
percent complete and is on track to
complete in 62 months -- 11 months
ahead of contract schedule.
Photos accompanying this release are available at
The ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, performed the traditional honor of
breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine's hull.
Roughead, a Minnesota native, is the wife of former Chief of Naval Operations
Adm. Gary Roughead.
"Minnesota is the sum of all her parts," Mrs. Roughead said. "Everything and
everyone who has contributed will be an ingredient in the spirit and the force
that makes Minnesota. The great shipbuilders of Newport News Shipbuilding and
the countless men and women across our country who had a hand in the millions
of parts and components that have gone into the ship have given Minnesota her
backbone, her muscle and her nerves."
Minnesota is the last of the block II Virginia-class submarines. The submarine
is about 88 percent complete and is on track to complete in 62 months -- 11
months ahead of contract schedule. Construction began in February 2008, and
the keel was authenticated in May 2011.
Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, served as the
keynote speaker for the ceremony. "Time and time again, the shipbuilders of
Electric Boat and Newport News and their supporting cast of contractors and
vendors deliver early, under budget, and exceed expectations in building
submarines better than anyone else in the world."
The sailors can be confident in their ship, said HII President and CEO Mike
Petters, a former Navy officer and submariner. "During my time at sea,
although I did sometimes worry about being ready for my duties, I never for
one single, solitary moment ever questioned whether the ship I served on was
ready. And more than a quarter century later, I stand here and pledge to you,
the crew of Minnesota, neither should you."
As many as 1,000 shipbuilders worked on Minnesota. "Shipbuilders are the faces
of American manufacturing, American quality and American pride," said NNS
President Matt Mulherin. "They understand the important role they play in
ensuring our freedom."
Other ceremony participants included U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Chip
Cravaack (R-Minn.), Robert Wittman (R-Va.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Robert C.
Scott (D-Va.) and J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.); Cmdr. John Fancher, Minnesota's
prospective commanding officer; the Honorable Sean J. Stackley, assistant
secretary of the Navy; Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, commander, Submarine
Forces; and Kevin Poitras, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB).
Guests included NNS and EB employees who are building Minnesota,and their
families; family and friends of the Minnesota crew; U.S. Navy personnel; and
other government officials.
The name Minnesota was selected to honor the state's residents and their
continued support of the U.S. military. The state is home to 46 Medal of Honor
recipients that span from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls
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