The ship's commissioning is when the ship is handed over to the U.S. Navy and it officially joins the fleet. The ceremony is very exciting and the public is invited.
Ship Launch in Mobile, Ala.May 22
When a ship launches it is taken from being in dry dock to in the water.
Ship Christening happens at Austel USA's shipyard in Mobile, Ala.May 5
Ship christening is when a ship's sponsor breaks the champagne bottle on the bow and the ship is scheduled to be launched.
Keel Laying Ceremony at Austel USA's shipyard in Mobile, Ala.April 10
The keel laying ceremony is when the ship's sponsor welds the first portion of the ship together in a ceremony indicating the ship is starting to be built.
Secretary Mabus Announces the Ship Name at the Great American BallparkJuly 19
The Secretary of the Navy names ships and makes a public announcement about the name usually in the namesake city.