Pascagoula March 30, 2015 - Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the company's 29th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), at first light on Saturday.
"It's exciting to see another Ingalls-built destroyer in the water," said DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser. "Our shipbuilders have proven time and time again they can handle whatever it takes to build, test and deliver these extremely complex warships. This launch was no exception. Our hot production line is now in a good state as we have three DDGs under construction and another one in pre-fabrication. What our shipbuilders accomplish every day matters to our quality, cost and schedule, and implementing our learning from ship to ship will allow us to improve in every aspect of destroyer construction."
Ingalls uses a safe and efficient method of launching ships and has been using that process for more than 40 years. John Finn was moved on rail cars from land to the company's floating drydock a week prior to launch. Shipbuilders then spent the next week preparing the ship and dry dock for Saturday's launch.
"This is the first DDG 51-class ship to launch in almost four years, and we're both proud and excited with the progress the program is making," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, the U.S. Navy's DDG 51-class program manager. "I look forward to John Finn joining the fleet and the other ships of her class to continue in the legacy of success that is the Arleigh Burke destroyer."
Ingalls has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. Destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls are John Finn (DDG 113), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) and Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). Just last week, Ingalls received a contract modification funding the construction of the company's 33rd destroyer, DDG 121.