Georgeann McRaven, sponsor of Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), starts steel-cutting machine

Aug 28, 2014

Georgeann McRaven, sponsor of Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), starts steel-cutting machine
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Sept. 13, 2013: Georgeann McRaven (foreground), ship's sponsor for the destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), pressed the button that started the steel-cutting machine, signifying start of fabrication on Ingalls Shipbuilding's 30th destroyer. Observing the shipbuilding milestone were (left to right) Capt. Steve Mitchell, supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast; George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager; Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S Special Operations Command; Capt. Mark Vandroff, program manager of the Navy's DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program; and Bob Merchent, Ingalls' vice president, surface combatants and U.S. Coast Guard programs. Photo by Steve Blount