HII today announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has christened the 13e amphibious transport dock, Richard M. McCool Jr.., built for the US Navy.
“For nearly two decades, we have had the opportunity to build these amphibious vessels, and we look forward to continuing that journey with such a valued partner,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “Today we reflect on the bravery and heroism of Richard M. McCool Jr. in front of a ship that will carry another generation of brave Sailors and Marines on missions in defense of our freedom.”
LPD 29 is named in honor of United States Navy Captain Richard M. McCool Jr., who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in rescuing survivors from a sinking destroyer and for rescued his own landing support ship during a World War II kamikaze attack. . His rescue efforts took place exactly 77 years before the day Richard M. McCool Jr. was baptized.
“To the Commander and future crew of this ship, may he (the ship) protect you. And in the words of our grandfather, always remember to fight as a unit and not as individuals. Shana McCool, granddaughter of U.S. Navy Captain Richard M. McCool Jr.
Under Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven was the keynote speaker.
“Richard M. McCool Jr. truly embodied the spirit of service above self,” Raven said. “The Sailors and Marines who will sail on this future ship carry on this legacy by following the example of Richard M. McCool Jr.’s spirit, patriotism and selflessness.”
Speaking of America’s defense capabilities, Raven said, “We are able to deploy exquisite capabilities around the world in large part due to our dedicated shipbuilders and talented team. These talented Americans are essential to ensuring that our naval forces have the ships they need.
Richard M. McCool Jr.. is co-sponsored by Shana McCool and Kate Oja, granddaughters of the ship’s namesake. Together, the two sponsors have officially baptized Richard M. McCool Jr.. breaking a bottle of sparkling wine on the bow of the ship. Shana spoke on behalf of both sponsors at today’s ceremony.
Speaking of her grandfather’s heroic deeds some 77 years ago, Shana McCool said, “To the commander and future crew of this ship, may he (the ship) protect you. And in the words of our grandfather, always remember to fight as a unit and not as individuals.
Additional information about the ship and its sponsors can be found at: https://ingalls.huntingtingalls.com/lpd29christening/
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