Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) celebrated a momentous occasion on Saturday as they christened the Virginia-class submarine Massachusetts at their Newport News Shipbuilding division.
The event garnered significant attention, drawing in around 2,000 attendees, including Newport News Shipbuilding employees, the crew of the new submarine, and government officials.
The Massachusetts marks the 25th submarine of its class and the 12th to be built at the Newport News Shipbuilding division.
HII President Jennifer Boykin expressed her pride in the accomplishment, stating, “When Massachusetts joins the fleet, she will be the latest in innovation and power.”
The ceremony, held in Newport News, Virginia, showcased the culmination of meticulous design, engineering, and construction efforts that have been invested into the submarine.
The Virginia-class submarines are known for their advanced capabilities and cutting-edge technology, making them integral to the country’s naval fleet.
The christening of the Massachusetts is a testament to the continued dedication and expertise of HII and its shipbuilding division.
As one of the leading shipbuilders in the United States, HII plays a crucial role in strengthening the nation’s defense capabilities and maintaining its maritime superiority.
The event, though held on Saturday, is set to continue on Sunday, allowing more individuals to witness the unveiling of this remarkable vessel.
As the Massachusetts prepares to join the fleet, it represents a significant milestone in the ongoing pursuit of excellence in naval construction and technology advancement.