Photo Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Starts Fabrication On 30th DDG 51 Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) has started fabrication of the U.S. Navy's next Aegis guided missile destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The ship will be the 30 th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
DDG 114 Start Fab
Georgeann McRaven (foreground), ship's sponsor for the destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), pressed the button that started the steel-cutting machine, signifying start of fabrication on Ingalls Shipbuilding's 30th destroyer. Observing the shipbuilding milestone were (left to right) Capt. Steve Mitchell, supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast; George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager; Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S Special Operations Command; Capt. Mark Vandroff, program manager of the Navy's DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program; and Bob Merchent, Ingalls' vice president, surface combatants and U.S. Coast Guard programs. Photo by Steve Blount

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"The DDG 51 program continues to be a model of success for our company," said DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser. "We have talented, experienced shipbuilders working on this program, and they have provided excellent quality on Aegis destroyers since the program's inception."

The start-of-fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut for DDG 114. Ingalls uses state-of-the-art robotic cutting machines to ensure the steel is cut and fabricated to exact Navy specifications. Ralph Johnson is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2017.

Georgeann McRaven, the ship's sponsor, visited Ingalls to observe a special start-of-fabrication ceremony. She is wife of U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.

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