PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula celebrated another milestone Friday in the construction of its newest National Security Cutter. A keel laying ceremony was held for the Midgett, which is the 8th legend class cutter to be built at Ingalls.
The ship's namesake is John Allen Midgett Jr. He was a hero in the U.S. Life Saving Service, a forerunner to the Coast Guard. He is credited with helping rescue 42 British sailors after their ship was torpedoed by a German U boat off the coast of North Carolina in 1918.
Midgett's granddaughter is the ship's sponsor. Her initials were welded onto the keel plate at the Friday morning ceremony.
A contract for the 9th National Security Cutter was awarded to Ingalls just last month.