It wasn't just workers at Ingalls who were watching the America sail away Friday. Pascagoula Point Park was filled with nearly 1,000 people waving goodbye to the ship, just across the water.
The park and boat launch was recently re-opened after a major renovation project, and the park's new amphitheater had the perfect view to watch the U.S.S. America sail away. Pascagoula Point Park now features an additional boat ramp, designated parking spaces, and bathrooms. City officials say some citizens took advantage of the boat ramp to go out on the water for an even better view of the departure.
Anne Pitre, the Public Relations Director for Pascagoula, says, “It was one of those moments where your heart kind of skips a beat and you just stop breathing for a second, because it really makes you just swell up with a feeling of pride in your community and pride in the country, and we certainly wish those aboard the ship the best of luck and all the safety in the world as they make their way to San Francisco for the commissioning.”