Tripoli (LHA 7)’s sponsor, Mrs. Lynne Mabus was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, regularly visiting Pascagoula where her mother grew up. After attending grade school and high school in Jackson she continued her studies at the University of Mississippi where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1989. Following graduation from Ole Miss, Lynne’s sense of service and adventure led her to move to Hiroshima, Japan where she taught English for three years. During her time in Japan she developed great friendships with families of military service members and learned about the challenges faced by military families, and their importance to our nation.

Returning to Mississippi, Lynne decided to pursue a career in the medical field after discovering the shortage of skilled nurses in the state. In 2005 she graduated first in her class from University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. She trained in a Level 1 trauma center at the university hospital where she was involved in the treatment of traumatic brain and body injuries.

Lynne married her husband, Ray, three years after meeting him on a blind date in Mississippi. She moved to Washington D.C. in 2009 when her husband became the 75th Secretary of the Navy.  They have three daughters.

Mrs. Lynne Mabus and Steve Senk co-authenticated the keel of LHA 7 on June 20, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Taking advantage of her experience as a Trauma Nurse, Lynne has volunteered with Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the American Red Cross.  Today she works in the Washington D.C. area as a School Nurse and travels with her husband to meet Navy and Marine Corps families during school summer breaks.  In all she has visited more than 50 countries and is honored by the opportunity to meet with and help support military families around the world.

At the naming ceremony for Tripoli (LHA 7), Mrs. Mabus spoke of the unique connection she has to LHA 7 and the shipyard:

“I feel especially glad to be the sponsor of the Tripoli because of so many things that are close to my family and my heart. She will be built at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is at this shipyard that my grandfather worked for decades and where my grandmother was a real life Rosie the Riveter during World War II.”

Source: U.S. Navy press release