Event Information

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, February 29, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of its ninth Legend-class National Security Cutter Stone (WMSL 758) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named in honor of Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone. Read more about Elmer Stone.

Stone (WMSL 758) is the ninth ship in the Legend class of National Security Cutters, all built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read more about National Security Cutters.

Ms. Laura Cavallo, great-niece of Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, 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 Ms. Cavallo

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.