PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - ?The Navy's newest warship, weighing about 25,000 tons and nearly 700 feet long, was christened in Pascagoula on Saturday.
"Today was a really special day for the Marine Corps, the Navy and of course, Ingalls Ship Building. Getting the eleventh ship of the San Antonio class is a big deal for the United States, the Navy and the Marine Corps. We have a lot to do," said ceremony keynote speaker, Christopher Owens.
The LPD-27 Portland will soon travel many parts of the world carrying both seaman and Marines.
"She'll be based on the West Coast of the U.S. and she'll spend most of her days at sea, the Pacific and most places further west," said Owens.
The ship, which cost more than $1.5 billion to build, will be commissioned in the fall of 2017.
"The Ingalls ship builders, the men and women who work at Ingalls take a lot of pride and extensive patriotism to build war ships that actually protect the country," said Ingalls President Brian Cuccias.