Ingalls Shipbuilding holds keel authentication ceremony for Arleigh-burke class destroyer

A hero is being remembered in Pascagoula as Ingalls Shipbuilding hosts a keel authentication ceremony for the new Arleigh-burke class destroyer.

A new destroyer being built at Ingalls Shipbuilding will carry the name and the legacy of one of the Navy’s own.

Family, friends, constituents, and fellow senators gathered for the keel authentication ceremony for the Arleigh-burke class guided missile destroyer Jeremiah Denton.

The DDG 129 is named in honor of the former U.S. senator and Navy veteran. He was a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism while a Prisoner of War.

This ship means a lot to many, including Senator Roger Wicker. “To me, this USS Jeremiah Denton represents another step toward rebuilding our Navy, past 355 ships, and preserving the peace both in Europe and in Asia.”

Arleigh-burke class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power protection.

The ships co-sponsors are the daughters of its namesake, Madeline Doak and Mary Lewis.

A huge part of this ceremony is that the sponsors had their signatures welded into the ship. The steel plate will remain affixed to the ship throughout its life time. Mary said, “He went through so much, and he would be so proud and happy to have this recognition, and my mother too. And Madeleine and I are both very pleased and honored to be able to continue our relationship with the Navy, you know, in this capacity, and want to serve the ship as best as we can for its life.”

Denton’s legacy will be carried on as the destroyer is introduced into the Navy fleet once the work is finished in Pascagoula.

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