• 2019
    Ship Commissioning

    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.

  • 2018
    Ship Launch in Mobile, Ala.
    May 22

    When a ship launches it is taken from being in dry dock to in the water.

  • 2018
    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.

  • 2017
    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.

  • 2015
    Secretary Mabus Announces the Ship Name at the Great American Ballpark
    July 19

    The Secretary of the Navy names ships and makes a public announcement about the name usually in the namesake city.