Mrs. Lynne Pace, sponsor of America (LHA 6) and wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Irwin F. Edenzon (left front), sector vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding -- Gulf Coast, thank Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Welder James Sumlin Jr., a 37-year employee, for welding Mrs. Pace's initials onto the keel plate at the end of LHA 6's keel authentication ceremony. Also obvserving the event (L-R) U.S. Navy Cmdr. MacGregor McClellan, Chaplain, U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Howell, executive officer and director of contracts, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast and U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Riedel, program manager, Amphibious Warfare Programs, PEO Ships.