(l-r) Veteran Northrop Grumman Ship Systems welder L.W. "Billy" Ross helps Meryl Chertoff, sponsor of the first National Security Cutter (WMSL 750), sign her initials to the ceremonial plaque during Tuesday's keel laying ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. Mrs. Chertoff , wife of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and Adm. Thomas Collins, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard (background) signed their initials to the plate to authenticate that the cutter's keel. The ceremony drew several state and federal dignitaries, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (far back).