On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the christening of its 12th San Antonio (LPD 17) Class of amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the ceremony is limited for safety. All are invited to watch the livestream beginning at 9:45 AM CDT on August 21, 2021.
Christening a ship is a revered tradition in the United States Navy, and while COVID-19 precautions will be in place, a christening at Ingalls Shipbuilding is still an event with no comparison.
Ship's Sponsor is The Honorable Meredith Berger. She grew up in the greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area and is honored to be the sponsor of LPD 28. Meredith is the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of the Navy during the Obama-Biden Administration, where she advised the Secretary of the Navy on the formulation, prioritization, and execution of Department-wide strategy, policies, plans, and standards. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Staff, she served for two years at the Pentagon as a Defense Fellow, providing support to key offices in the Department of Defense. She joined the Obama-Biden Administration in 2011 as Policy Advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency where she worked on the Presidential Task Force focused on the long-term recovery of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She began her career in public service at the state of Florida Chief Financial Officer’s office where she developed and executed state policies on climate, insurance, risk, energy, public finance, and housing.