Media Advisory -- Newport News Shipbuilding Celebrates Christening of Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner (SSN 785)

Media Advisory -- Newport News Shipbuilding Celebrates Christening of Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner (SSN 785)
Newport News Shipbuilding Virginia-class Submarines


What: Jeanne Warner, wife of former Sen. John Warner and ship's sponsor,
  will smash a bottle of sparkling wine across the submarine's bow
  on Saturday, Sept. 6, to christen the newest Virginia-class submarine
  John Warner (SSN 785), the only Virginia-class submarine to be named
  after a person. Media are invited to attend the ceremony as well as a
  media preview event on Friday, Sept. 5, in advance of the ceremony.
  The preview event will provide the opportunity to interview Newport
  News Shipbuilding leadership, shipbuilders who have helped
  to build the submarine, and the Warner crew. Sen. Warner and his wife
  will not attend Friday's media event but will be available for interviews
  Saturday following the ceremony.
  The christening ceremony is open only to invited guests, including
  shipbuilders and their families; John Warner sailors and their families;
  the Warner family and guests; HII President and CEO Mike Petters;
  Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin; and Navy and
  government representatives. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will
  serve as the keynote speaker. Sen. Warner will also make remarks.
  HII will provide a live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the
  christening ceremony in its entirety. Coordinates are below.
When: Media Preview Event
  Friday, Sept. 5
  9:30 a.m.
  Media check-in: 9 a.m.
  Christening Ceremony
  Saturday, Sept. 6
  6:30 p.m.
  Media check-in: 5 p.m.
Where: Media parking will be reserved in the shipyard's North Yard parking
  lot Friday and Saturday. Signage will be posted directing you to the
  appropriate location. Media will be escorted and transported
  by bus to and from the event site. See directions below. The bus
  will depart no later than 9:10 a.m. on Friday and 5:10 p.m. on Saturday.
  All equipment must be on the bus upon departure; media will not
  have access to their vehicles once we have entered the shipyard.
RSVP: Confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP by contacting
  Christie Miller, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (757) 380-3581
Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, Sept. 4.

An online press kit and live webcast of the event will be provided at A live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the event also will be provided. Satellite information is as follows:

Satellite: SES-2 (87 degrees west)
Transponder: Ku Digital 07AB (18 Mhz)
Downlink Frequency: 11831.0 Mhz
Downlink Polarity: Horizontal
FEC: 3/4
Symbol Rate: 14.385617 Mbps

Window Times: 
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6 
Window start: 5:45 p.m. 
Window end: 9 p.m.

Two media stands with mult boxes will be on site. Power will be available. Wireless Internet is NOT available. The event is on an industrial site; please dress accordingly.

Directions to Media Parking:

  • From I-64 (either westbound or eastbound)
  • Take Exit #264 to Interstate I-664 toward Downtown Newport News/ Suffolk
  • Take Exit #5 (35th Street) to Warwick Blvd.
  • Travel approximately 3 miles on Warwick Blvd.
  • Immediately after 69th Street, make a U-turn on to Huntington Ave.
  • Merge into the right lane and continue to bear right on to Shipyard Drive
  • Continue downhill and stay straight, then follow signs to media parking

Follow @HIIndustries on Twitter for live updates. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #SSN785. All details are subject to change. Please check for updates.

About Huntington Ingalls

Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and manages the life-cycle of the most complex nuclear and conventionally-powered ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.  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.  HII also provides engineering and project management services expertise to the commercial energy industry, the Department of Energy and other government customers. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

Danny Hernandez
Director of Public Affairs
(202) 580-9086