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PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII), Ingalls Shipbuilding authenticated the keel of the company's 11
th amphibious transport dock ship,
Portland (LPD 27).
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, wife of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps and ship sponsor of Portland (LPD 27), looks at the ceremonial keel plate with her initials that will remain with LPD 27 during the ship's entire Naval service. Photo by Lance Davis
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U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and principal speaker for the ceremony, noted the first-in-class USS
San Antonio (LPD 17) was presently off the coast of Yemen alongside another Ingalls-built ship, USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3).
"That lead ship of this great warship class, with its Marines, is serving the Navy and our nation very proudly today," Gen. Amos said. "It's in harm's way as we speak. Realizing that
Portland is scheduled to be the last ship in this class, nothing would warm my heart more and nothing would make me work harder than to continue to build this class of ship."
LPD 27, named in honor of Oregon's most populated city, is currently about seven percent complete. The ship is scheduled to launch in early 2016 and is scheduled to deliver to the U.S. Navy in late 2017.
Somerset (LPD 25) is currently preparing for builder's sea trials and
John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is currently 50 percent complete and will launch next year.
"We build ships for the greatest Navy and greatest Marine Corps that has ever been," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "We are proud of the tradition here at Ingalls shipbuilding. Mrs. Amos, we know that you share our pride in the workmanship and craftsmanship of all of the shipbuilders who are building your ship."