PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) authenticated the keel of the U.S. Coast Guard's National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) today at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility. Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp, wife of Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the ship's sponsor. Her initials were welded on a keel plate that will be part of the ship as long as it remains in the operational fleet.
A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.globenewswire.com/hii/mediagallery.html?pkgid=14521
" Hamilton will be the most capable and technologically advanced cutter in the history of our service," said Adm. Papp, the principal speaker at the keel authentication. "To the shipbuilders and to the Coast Guard men and women who are overseeing Hamilton's construction, I have great faith you will build the Coast Guard and our nation a great cutter – a cutter that can cross the ever-changing oceans upon which we depend so much, complete her missions and bring her crew back safely again. Build her strong, knowing that the long, gallant line that precedes her is beckoning and the track line lies ahead on which she will set sail."Following her husband's speech, Mrs. Papp sketched her initials on a steel plate, and they were permanently welded by Ingalls welder Kawana Womack, authenticating that the keel of Hamilton had been "truly and fairly" laid. "Today represents a significant milestone not only in the construction of NSC 4, but in the NSC program overall," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "We have reached stability in the design and in the NSC class-build plans. This is a good program because the Coast Guard has stabilized the requirements and allowed us to successfully manage our construction techniques and reduce cost in the fabrication process. And in turn, we're delivering great ships. We're proud to be building ships for the U.S. Coast Guard, and we look forward to building even more."