The Building of Portland
The Start Fab milestone represents the first cut of steel for construction of a ship. Shipbuilder Paul Bosarge pushed the button that started the steel-cutting machine, signifying start of fabrication for Portland (LPD 27).
Ship sponsor, Bonnie Amos, looks on as Ingalls welder, Marty Peterson, welds her initials into the keel plate of Portland (LPD 27). The plaque will be permanently welded into the ship before it leaves Ingalls.
Portland is crowned as shipbuilders erect the deckhouse.
Shipbuilders successfully lift the aft mast onto Portland (LPD 27).