PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Bonnie Amos Tuesday to meet with shipbuilders on the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27). Mrs. Amos is the ship's sponsor.
"Today, I thanked the Ingalls shipbuilders who are building LPD 27, and I got a promise from every one of them that this will be the very best ship in the fleet," said Mrs. Amos, who visited Ingalls for the ship's keel-laying ceremony in August. "The fact this ship is going to carry our Marines and sailors and perform vital missions for the nation is pretty remarkable. When you add that component of Marines being able to do the nation's bidding off this ship, it is even more impressive."
A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/ImageLibrary/detail.aspx?MediaDetailsID=781 .Gen. Amos added, "I came to the Ingalls shipyard for one overriding reason: to thank the men and women here who help keep our amphibious forces at sea. As the importance of forward presence only grows, even in an era of tighter budgets, we're counting on the American patriots who build our ships to deliver us all the amphibious capability the nation can afford." LPD 27, named in honor of Oregon's most populated city, is currently 10 percent complete and is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2017. Ingalls is also building John P. Murtha (LPD 26), currently at 45 percent complete. Somerset (LPD 25) was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Oct. 18 and will be commissioned on March 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. "LPD 27 couldn't have a better sponsor than Bonnie Amos, and I'm grateful that she took the time today to show how much she appreciates the hard work and dedication of our shipbuilders," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "We're proud of the work we're doing to support the Navy-Marine Corps team. The amphibious ships we build are capable, adaptable, flexible and reliable—whether it's humanitarian relief, anti-terrorism missions, supporting special operations or amphibious landings, these ships are real enablers."