New Ship is in the Works at Ingalls Shipbuilding

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Updated: 11/04/2013 7:53 pm
He was recognized for defending his ship from Japanese aircraft for over two hours during the attack on Pearl Harbor, despite being shot twice and having numerous shrapnel wounds. Finn died in 2010. He was 100 years old, but his memory and example carries on. Irwin Edenzon, the President of Ingalls Shipbuilding, says, "When we need to be reminded of what it means to be a sailor, to risk one's own life in the time of crisis, the John Finn will be there to remind us and remind generations yet to come." Today, Ingalls had a keel authentication for the DDG 113 John Finn. This is one of several ceremonies that will bring the ship to life. Laura Stavridis, the ship’s sponsor, says, "It's a celebration of achieving a milestone in the construction process. It also gives us an opportunity to recognize the ship sponsor for the first time." Stavridis also says, "I'm feeling so honored to be here. I never expected in my lifetime to have an honor like this. I feel so honored to be here to meet the men and women working on the ship." The keel was authenticated by the Tradition of the Ship Sponsor tracing their initials to the keel plate, verifying that the keel has been properly laid. A welder then seals over the initials. The ship is the 29th of 35 of these models that are built at Ingalls. John Finn is currently 20 percent complete and is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2016.

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