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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.
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 http://media.globenewswire.com/hii/mediagallery.html?pkgid=17632

"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.

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