Paul Ignatius Start of Fabrication Ceremony

Paul Ignatius Start of Fabrication Ceremony
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Paul and Nancy Ignatius (seated) attended the start of fabrication ceremony for Paul’s namesake ship, the guided missile destroyer DDG 117. Also pictured (left to right): Lance Carnahan, Ingalls’ general hull superintendent; Robert Velazquez, friend of the Ignatius family; David Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s son; Dr. Elisa Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s granddaughter and Nancy’s maid of honor as the ship’s sponsor; Sarah Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s daughter; George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager; Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office Ships; Cmdr. Ben Wilder, DDG 51 program manager representative for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast; and Rear Adm. David J. Gale, deputy commander for surface warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command. Photo by Lance Davis/HII