The Start Fab milestone represents the first cut of steel for construction of a ship. Burner specialist Roland Wilson uses an Avenger III Plasma Cutter to cut patterns into steel, marking start of fabrication for the Aegis guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113).
John Finn shipbuilders lift into place the grand block containing the port and starboard helicopter hangars and the aft vertical launch opening.
Ingalls uses a safe and efficient method of launching ships and has been using that process for more than 40 years. John Finn was moved on rail cars from land to the company’s floating drydock a week prior to launch. Shipbuilders then spent the next week preparing the ship and dry dock for Saturday’s launch.