Event Information

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.

On Saturday, September 16, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of the second America-class large deck amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named for the 1805 Battle of Derna which took place near Tripoli, Libya. It was the first recorded land battle of the United States on foreign soil after the American Revolutionary War. Read more about Tripoli.

Tripoli (LHA 7) is the third ship of its namesake, preceded by CVE 64 (1943 to 1958) and LPH 10 (1966 to 1995). Read more about America-class warships.

Mrs. Lynne Mabus, wife of The Honorable Ray Mabus, former Secretary of the Navy and Governor of the State of Mississippi, 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. Mabus.

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.