Christening a ship is a revered tradition in the United States Coast Guard, 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. Coast Guard.
On Saturday, December 9, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of its eighth Legend-class National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named in honor of the Midgett family, for earning gold and silver Lifesaving Medals and for their decades of service to what is now the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more about the Midgett family.
Midgett (WMSL 757) is the eighth ship in its class, all built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read more about National Security Cutters.
Mrs. Jazania H. O’Neal, granddaughter of John Allen Midgett Jr., serves as Ship’s Sponsor and will perform the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the christening ceremony. Read more about Mrs. O’Neal
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.