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Ingalls Shipyard presents newest cutter in christening ceremony

Ingalls Shipyard hosted a special christening to present its newest cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard.	(Photo source: WLOX) Ingalls Shipyard hosted a special christening to present its newest cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard. (Photo source: WLOX)
The over 400 foot vessel is named after Douglas Munro. (Photo source: WLOX) The over 400 foot vessel is named after Douglas Munro. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Making connections and supporting our military was the goal of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Quarterly breakfast Saturday morning.

Ingalls Shipyard hosted a special christening to present its newest cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Leaders spoke about the importance of our Coast bases and keeping them safe.

 “The national security cutter is the most technologically advanced ship in the coast guard flight. Designed and built to handle maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and certainly national security missions,” said Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president.

The over 400 foot vessel is named after Douglas Munro. He lost his life during World War II while leading a mission to help evacuate 500 Marines, who were pinned down by enemy fire at Guadalcanal.

“May God bless the officers and crew who will serve on this great ship, and serve to defend our nation. And may God bless America,” said Cuccias.

Munro's great niece Julie Sheehan is the ship's sponsor, and she was the one who christened the ship as dozens of supporters cheered on.

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