PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ingalls shipyard hosted a keel authentication ceremony Friday for the National Security Cutter Kimball.
Kay Webber Cochran, wife of Sen. Thad Cochran is the ship's sponsor. She said she was thrilled by this honor and looks forward to the completion and launching of the new ship.
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Paul Zunkunft was keynote speaker of the event. He told the ship builders present that the new National Security Cutters they're building in Pascagoula are already making a tremendous difference in the worldwide battle against drugs.
Kimball is the 7th of nine cutters being built at Ingalls for the Coast Guard. It's named after Sumner Kimball, who helped direct the U.S. Life Saving Service, which was a forerunner of the United States Coast Guard.