Newport News Lays Keel For USS Newport News (SSN 750)

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Newport News Shipbuilding has laid the keel for its 17th Los Angeles class attack submarine, the Newport News (SSN 750). In a ceremony held recently at the shipyard, the keel was authenticated by Mrs. Nickey Adkins, assisted by Matron of Honor Mrs.

Mildred Duncan and Maid of Honor Diane Campbell.

The ship, whose name honors the rich Navy shipbuilding tradition of the Virginia city, is scheduled to be launched in 1986, coinciding with the shipyard's 100th anniversary.

Newport News Shipbuilding designed the Los Angeles class submarine, and also built the lead ship of the class. The Los Angeles class submarine has the most advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities, and is an effective deterrent against both enemy submarines and surface ships. When Newport News is delivered to the Navy in 1987, it will be 360 feet long, with a 33-foot beam and an underwater displacement of 6,900 tons.

Speakers for the keel ceremony included Edward J. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the shipyard, Commodore Malcolm MacKinnon, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding at the yard, Newport News Mayor Joseph C. Ritchie, and U.S. Congressman Herbert H. Bateman.

Among the distinguished guests were Adm. Wesley L. McDonald, Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Supreme Allied Command Atlantic; Vice Adm. Kenneth M. Carr, Deputy and Chief of Staff, Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet; and Commodore Guy H. Curtis III, Director, Attack Submarine Acquisition Program, Naval Sea Systems Command.

The shipyard currently has con- tracts to build eight attack submarines, and is building three Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Newport News Shipbuilding is the only yard capable of constructing the giant Nimitz-class carriers, three of which already are part of the Navy fleet.

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