Massachusetts Sponsor's Initials Welded

Dec 11, 2020

Massachusetts Sponsor's Initials Welded
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Master Shipbuilder Ronnie Payne (far right) welds Ship Sponsor Sheryl Sandberg's initials into a steel plate during the keel authentication ceremony for Virginia-class submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798). The plate will be permanently affixed to the submarine, symbolizing Sandberg’s lifelong relationship with the shipbuilders and crew. Also pictured were Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin (left) and Cmdr. Erik Lundberg, commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit. Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII