Newest Aegis Destroyer Christened At Ingalls Shipyard

Champagne flowed in Pascagoula Saturday as Ingalls Shipbuilding officials along with Naval personnel dedicated the latest Aegis destroyer to come from the shipyard.

Connie Clark broke the traditional bottle of bubbly over the bow to christen the USS Preble. The ship is named after one of the navy's pioneers, Commodore Edward Preble. It is the 17th Aegis class destroyer Ingalls crews have built for the Navy.

More than 200 people attended the ceremony, including the chief of Naval operations, Admiral Vernon Clark and Virginia State Rep. Edward Schrock.

"Over the past few years the men and woman of Ingalls shipbuilding have taken raw steel and forged it into the technological advanced warship you see behind me," Rep. Schrock said. "I commend all of you on a job very well done."

The Preble will remain at Ingalls for another year before going to its permanent home port in San Diego, Calif.