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Ingalls shipyard has done something ‘very unusual’ this year

The USS Delbert D. Black, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was built and christened at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, where six more destroyers will be build under a $5 billion contract.
The USS Delbert D. Black, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was built and christened at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, where six more destroyers will be build under a $5 billion contract.

Ingalls is christening its fifth military ship this year.

“In recent history, having five christenings in one year is very unusual,” said spokesman Bill Glenn.

“As unusual as that is,” he said. “We have the capacity to build more, if the Navy chooses to do so.”

No. 5 will be Saturday, a National Security Cutter — Midgett — for the Coast Guard.

In this case, it’s the way the milestones have fallen, he said, the way the ships go through the stages of completion at the yard. Ingalls is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

You christen a ship after it’s launched. There’s still work to to be done, but it’s in the water.

There are nine ships under construction at Ingalls, in four different classes of ship. It has 11,500 employees building them.

Ingalls has the capacity and is ready, if the Navy is ready to increase the volume, Glenn said.

The classes they’re building: DDG-51 destroyers, LPD-17 amphibious transport ships and LHA 6 amphibious assault ships for the Navy and National Security Cutters for the Coast Guard.

The christening five:

▪  National Security Cutter, Kimball

▪  USS Paul Ignatius, Aegis-class guided missile destroyer

▪  USS Tripoli, America-class amphibious assault ship

▪  USS Delbert D. Black, Aegis-class guided missle destroyer

▪  National Security Cutter Midgett

The yard also will get the USS Fitzgerald, damaged in Japan this year with repairs expected to exceed $250 million.

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