Media Advisory--Ingalls Shipbuilding to Host Christening of Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)

Media Advisory--Ingalls Shipbuilding to Host Christening of Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)
Ingalls Shipbuilding DDG - Aegis 51 Class Destroyers

ADVISORY, April 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What: Media day and christening ceremony for the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)
When: 10:20 a.m. Friday, May 1 (media day; closed-toe shoes required)
  10 a.m. Saturday, May 2 (christening ceremony; media should arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Where: Ingalls Shipbuilding's Visitor Control Center
Who: Media Day – Friday
  -- Mrs. Laura Elizabeth Stavridis, Ship Sponsor
  -- Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias
  -- Shipbuilders of John Finn
  -- Cmdr. Micheal Wagner, prospective commanding officer, John Finn
  Christening Day – Saturday
  -- Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.
  -- Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters
  -- Mrs. Stavridis, Brian Cuccias and Cmdr. Micheal Wagner
  -- Lt. Cmdr. Cass Phillips (U.S. Navy, Ret.), a Pearl Harbor survivor who knew John Finn)
More DDG 113 info is available at:
RSVP:  Bill Glenn, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (228) 327-1671

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday.

#FinnDDG113 is the hashtag for event.

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division will christen the company's 29th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), on Saturday. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Mrs. Laura Stavridis, wife of Adm. James Stavridis (U.S. Navy, Ret.), is ship sponsor.

DDG 113 is named John Finn after the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. Finn received the honor for machine-gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot in the foot and shoulder and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. He retired as a lieutenant after 30 years of service and died at age 100 in 2010.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Va., HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit

Danny Hernandez
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