ADVISORY, Sept. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
|What:||Jeanne Warner, wife of former Sen. John Warner and ship's sponsor,|
|will smash a bottle of sparkling wine across the submarine's bow|
|on Saturday, Sept. 6, to christen the newest Virginia-class submarine|
|John Warner (SSN 785), the only Virginia-class submarine to be named|
|after a person. Media are invited to attend the ceremony as well as a|
|media preview event on Friday, Sept. 5, in advance of the ceremony.|
|The preview event will provide the opportunity to interview Newport|
|News Shipbuilding leadership, shipbuilders who have helped|
|to build the submarine, and the Warner crew. Sen. Warner and his wife|
|will not attend Friday's media event but will be available for interviews|
|Saturday following the ceremony.|
|The christening ceremony is open only to invited guests, including|
|shipbuilders and their families; John Warner sailors and their families;|
|the Warner family and guests; HII President and CEO Mike Petters;|
|Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin; and Navy and|
|government representatives. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will|
|serve as the keynote speaker. Sen. Warner will also make remarks.|
|HII will provide a live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the|
|christening ceremony in its entirety. Coordinates are below.|
|When:||Media Preview Event|
|Friday, Sept. 5|
|Media check-in: 9 a.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 6|
|Media check-in: 5 p.m.|
|Where:||Media parking will be reserved in the shipyard's North Yard parking|
|lot Friday and Saturday. Signage will be posted directing you to the|
|appropriate location. Media will be escorted and transported|
|by bus to and from the event site. See directions below. The bus|
|will depart no later than 9:10 a.m. on Friday and 5:10 p.m. on Saturday.|
|All equipment must be on the bus upon departure; media will not|
|have access to their vehicles once we have entered the shipyard.|
|RSVP:||Confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP by contacting|
|Christie Miller, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (757) 380-3581|
|Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, Sept. 4.|
An online press kit and live webcast of the event will be provided at www.warnerchristening.com/press. A live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the event also will be provided. Satellite information is as follows:
Satellite: SES-2 (87 degrees west)
Transponder: Ku Digital 07AB (18 Mhz)
Downlink Frequency: 11831.0 Mhz
Downlink Polarity: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 14.385617 Mbps
DVBS, QPSK TRANSMISSION, 4:2:0, 1080i
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Window start: 5:45 p.m.
Window end: 9 p.m.
Two media stands with mult boxes will be on site. Power will be available. Wireless Internet is NOT available. The event is on an industrial site; please dress accordingly.
Directions to Media Parking:
- From I-64 (either westbound or eastbound)
- Take Exit #264 to Interstate I-664 toward Downtown Newport News/ Suffolk
- Take Exit #5 (35th Street) to Warwick Blvd.
- Travel approximately 3 miles on Warwick Blvd.
- Immediately after 69th Street, make a U-turn on to Huntington Ave.
- Merge into the right lane and continue to bear right on to Shipyard Drive
- Continue downhill and stay straight, then follow signs to media parking
Follow @HIIndustries on Twitter for live updates. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #SSN785. All details are subject to change. Please check www.warnerchristening.com for updates.
About Huntington Ingalls
Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and manages the life-cycle of the most complex nuclear and conventionally-powered ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII also provides engineering and project management services expertise to the commercial energy industry, the Department of Energy and other government customers. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: