Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Celebrates Series of Firsts During
Keel-Laying Ceremony for John Warner
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division celebrated the
first official construction milestone for a Virginia-class submarine today
with its namesake, U.S. Sen. John Warner. The keel was laid for John Warner
(SSN 785), the only Virginia-class submarine to bear the name of a person.
Warner Keel Plate
The initials of the ship's sponsor,
Jeanne Warner, and the ship's
namesake, John Warner, were welded onto
a metal plate that will be placed on
the submarine. Pictured (from left) are
Cmdr. Dan Caldwell, prospective
commanding officer; NNS shipbuilder
Matthew Shilling; NNS President Matt
Mulherin; and Sen. John and Jeanne
Warner Keel Ceremony
Newport News Shipbuilding celebrated
the first official construction
milestone for a Virginia-class
submarine today with its namesake, U.S.
Sen. John Warner.
Photos accompanying this release are available at
"Each submarine we build becomes a piece of our company's history; each
submarine becomes a part of our Navy's history, and each submarine becomes a
piece of our nation's history," said NNS President Matt Mulherin. "This
submarine will hold special significance in our history, for this submarine is
the first and only Virginia-class submarine to be named for a person, and I
couldn't think of anyone more deserving of such an honor."
Jeanne Warner, the wife of the former senator and the ship's sponsor, had her
initials welded onto a metal plate during the ceremony, in keeping with U.S.
Navy tradition. In another first, the ship's namesake also had his initials
welded onto the plate. The welding was done by NNS shipbuilder Matthew
Shilling, and the plate will be permanently affixed to the submarine prior to
its delivery to the Navy.
"Navy tradition provides that both the sponsor and the namesake's spirit
become a part of the boat, but everyone who has contributed will be an
integral part of the spirit and the force that makes the John Warner," said
Jeanne Warner. "The great shipbuilders of Newport News and Electric Boat—these
remarkable and patriotic American shipbuilders have given their skill,
dedication, energy and a commitment to excellence to this boat. They will
always sail with the John Warner."
John Warner is the 12^th Virginia-class fast attack submarine. Construction
began in April 2009 and is about 59 percent complete. The ship is slated for
delivery to the Navy in 2015. The Virginia-class construction program has been
lauded by the Navy as a model of efficiency and quality, consistently
delivering the ships ahead of schedule.
"This ship and its design and its sister ships are one of the most
invulnerable platforms in the entire arsenal of our military," Sen. Warner
said. "It has in it every single bit of high technology that can be brought to
bear by the magnificent manufacturing base, educational base, laboratory base
in this country. Nothing has been spared so that the crew of this ship for
years and years and decades to come can help preserve our nation's most valued
treasure, and that is freedom."
Other ceremony participants included Julie Dyson and Rita Meyer, matrons of
honor; Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley; Adm. John M. Richardson,
director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program; Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor,
commander, Submarine Forces; Rear Adm. David C. Johnson, program executive
officer, Submarines; U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; U.S. Reps. Robert
C. Scott and Rob Wittman; Matt Mulherin, president, Newport News Shipbuilding;
Kevin Poitras, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat; and Cmdr. Dan
Caldwell, prospective commanding officer, John Warner.
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 at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
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