31 Jan '17, 4pm

DDG 1002 keel laid. Why build it? How will the Navy use it? Wrong questions. Maine workers need work!

BATH, Maine (NNS) -- A keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was held Jan. 30 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The keel was authenticated by former President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughters and ship co-sponsors, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, by welding their initials into the keel plate. "We've made tremendous progress on this ship, and although we're celebrating an early production milestone, we're nearing 60 percent completion on the future Lyndon B. Johnson," said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. "We're honored to be celebrating this milestone with our 36th president's daughters and look forward to continued progress on the final ship of the Zumwalt class." While the keel laying has traditionally represented the formal start of a ship's ...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98634

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