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Ingalls prepares to christen Coast Guard cutter Munro

Ingalls Shipbuilding is getting set to christen the newest national security cutter, Munro, Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX) Ingalls Shipbuilding is getting set to christen the newest national security cutter, Munro, Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
The 400 plus foot U.S. Coast Guard vessel is named for Douglas Munro. (Photo source: WLOX) The 400 plus foot U.S. Coast Guard vessel is named for Douglas Munro. (Photo source: WLOX)
Munro's great neice, Julie Sheehan, is the ship's sponsor. (Photo source: WLOX) Munro's great neice, Julie Sheehan, is the ship's sponsor. (Photo source: WLOX)
Munro is the sixth of eight such cutters being built at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX) Munro is the sixth of eight such cutters being built at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Ingalls Shipbuilding will christen its newest national security cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday morning. Munro is named after a Coast Guard hero who sacrificed himself to save hundreds of others in World War II.

This marks the sixth of eight national security cutters built at Ingalls Shipyard.

“The program is so successful. When you see the launching of Munro, it's another great ship in another fantastic program. We're encouraged by some discussions of potentially more NSCs, and we'd be glad to build them for the Coast Guard,” said Brian Cuccias, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Cuccias credits his quality workforce for making the cutter program such a success. That includes workers like Wayne Glavan.

“We come in every day and try to build first class ships for the men and women that are going to be running them. Make first time quality,” said Glavan, a four year sheet metal mechanic at the shipyard.

“Very proud. I'm motivated to work every day, because I know for the water fighters that are out there every day, they really appreciate it. I was out there. I did six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I know how it feels,” said electrical foreman Gary Acuna.

The cutter Munro is named for a 23-year-old Coast Guardsman who sacrificed himself to rescue others.

Douglas Munro is the epitome of a hero. He led an evacuation mission to save the lives of 500 Marines at Guadalcanal in World War II. He put himself in harm's way and was mortally wounded.

Munro's great niece, Julie Sheehan, is the ship's sponsor. She said the entire family is so proud.

“Very excited. The ship is so beautiful, I'm very excited. My family is very excited. This is a really significant time in our lives, to have the Munro name on the ship,” Sheehan said.

The commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, is the principal speaker at the christening. The christening ceremony for Munro begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the shipyard in Pascagoula.

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