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A keel-laying ceremony was held Tuesday for Austal's second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) under the 10-ship U.S. Navy contract awarded to the company in 2010.

The newest ship is being named Montgomery (LCS 8) in honor of Alabama's capital city.

The ship's sponsor, Mary Blackshear Sessions, authenticated the keel by welding her initials into the hull section. She was assisted by Kyle Hinton, who is an "A" Class welder at Austal.

Mrs. Sessions is the wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). 

"It's exciting," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange who was among the numerous political leaders in attendance. Mayor Strange said Montgomery has a rich history in aviation, but "to be a part of the tradition in the Navy is exciting.

Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of a ship's construction.

In earlier times it was the "laying down" of the central or main timber making up the backbone of a vessel.

Today, fabrication of the ship modules begins months before the units are actually joined.

However, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of a ship.

"To name it for a city like Montgomery, with all its rich history, does say a lot of about what the Navy feels about representing our past but also looking to our future."

 

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