SHIP CONSTRUCTION MILESTONES
Every milestone in a ship's life brings it one step closer to protecting our freedom. From major and minor lifts, to the start of fabrication and keel authentication ceremonies, these milestones are celebrated by the shipbuilder and our U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard customers. As the shipbuilder, we celebrate not only the significance of these milestones in the life of our ships, but recognize the achievements of the men and women of our workforce.
SHIP'S SPONSOR, MRS. IMA J. BLACK
The Ship Sponsor's role is to bestow good luck and divine protection over the ship and all that sail aboard. The sponsor is technically considered a permanent member of the ship's crew and is expected to give a part of her personality to the ship, as well as advocate for its continued service and well-being.
The widow of its namesake, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black, Mrs. Ima J. Black is the sponsor of Delbert D. Black(DDG 119).