DDG 117 Event Information

Namesake, Paul Ignatius

Christening a ship is a revered tradition in the U.S. Navy, and a christening at Ingalls Shipbuilding is an event with no comparison. The christening ceremony represents a major milestone in the ship’s life. By bringing together the shipbuilders and community members, the crew, and the sponsor, the audience is treated to a display of patriotism and excitement for the future contributions of the ship to the U.S. Navy.

Sponsor, Nancy W. Ignatius

On Saturday, April 8, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of the thirty-first Arleigh Burke-class Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named for The Honorable Paul Ignatius. Read more about Ignatius.

Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is the first ship of its name, however, it is the thirty-first ship in its class built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read more about the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

Mrs. Nancy W. Ignatius, wife of The Honorable Paul Ignatius, former Secretary of the Navy, serves as Ship Sponsor and will perform the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the christening ceremony.

For safety reasons, the bottle of sparkling wine is encased in sheetmetal by shipbuilders and then wrapped in decorative red, white and blue ribbons.

For more information or to request an invitation:
Call (228) 935-1256 or email the Special Events team.

All christening attendees must be citizens of the United States of America and able to provide proof of such if asked.