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PASCAGOULA, Mississippi, March 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HII (NYSE:HII) today dubbed the Pre-Commissioning Unit Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) to the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
Jack H. Lucas, a longtime resident of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was the youngest sailor and service member of World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. During a close firefight with Japanese soldiers, Lucas saved the lives of three Marines by unhesitatingly placing himself on two grenades.
“Jack H. Lucas made a selfless decision to choose others and country over self,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “Our shipbuilders at Ingalls have a deep appreciation and respect for what Sailors and Marines do on behalf of our nation. We are proud to support them and provide them with this remarkable ship, our first Flight III destroyer.
The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday was the keynote speaker.
“Jack H. Lucas is not only the most capable and sophisticated surface combatant ever built by man, but it also represents the bridge from the past to the future, as we bring a new radar, the Aegis Baseline 10, and a new power plant on an already very capable platform,” said Gilday. “Such an evolution would not be possible without the shipbuilders of Huntington Ingalls Industries and the community of Pascagoula. Flight III represents the dedication and commitment of our sailors and civilians – the skill and innovation of our shipyards and industry partners – and the commitment of the American people to keeping the seas free and open to all.
“You’ve built the best destroyer in the world,” Gilday said.
Jack H. Lucas is co-sponsored by Ruby Lucas, widow of the ship’s namesake, and Catherine B. Reynolds, president and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. Together, the two sponsors officially christened the ship and made remarks during the ceremony.
“That the Jack H. Lucas to be indestructible, just like he was,” Ruby Lucas said. “This vessel, the first of its kind, demonstrates integrity, courage and commitment to serving our great country. Jack has never shied away from a fight, and I’m sure everyone aboard his namesake will represent Jack with honor. Just as I feel his spirit with me, rest assured that he will be with you all all the time.
US Senator Roger Wicker and US Representative Steven Palazzo, both of Mississippi, delivered remarks. Other speakers included Meredith Berger, serving as Undersecretary of the Navy, and Maj. Gen. Jason Bohm, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
The photos accompanying this press release are available at: https://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/jack-h-lucas-ddg-125-christening.
Video of the christening ceremony and additional information about the ship and its sponsors can be found at: https://ingalls.huntingingtontingalls.com/DDG125christening/.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all at support of United States military strategy. Guided missile destroyers are capable of conducting air, surface and underground battles simultaneously. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to meet maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.
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Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.