Event Information

Christening a ship is a revered tradition in the Navy and U.S. 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 United States Coast Guard.

On Saturday, March 4, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of the seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named for Sumner Increase Kimball. Read more about Kimball.

Kimball (WMSL 756) is the third ship of its name. The first was the an active patrol boat, Kimball (WSC/WMEC-143), commissioned in 1927 and initially stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. The second ship bearing the name was SS Sumner I. Kimball (EC2-S-C1), a liberty ship built in 1943. Mass-produced on a record scale during World War II to carry cargo and munitions to Europe, the Liberty ship symbolizes U.S. wartime industrial output. Kimball (WMSL 756) joins 6 other National Security Cutters as the seventh Legend-class cutter built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read more about the Legend-class NSCs.

Mrs. Kay Bowen Webber Cochran, wife of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., serves as Ship Sponsor and will perform the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the christening ceremony. Read Mrs. Cochran’s bio.

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.