- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is starting fabrication work on its newest Aegis guided missile destroyer.

The Mississippi Press reports (https://bit.ly/1pqeOC5 ) Paul Ignatius, the ship’s namesake, and his wife, Nancy Ignatius, the ship’s sponsor, visited the shipyard Tuesday to see steel cut for the destroyer.

Paul Ignatius (DDG117) is the 31st Aegis destroyer to be built at Ingalls.

Paul Ignatius will be the second of seven planned Flight IIA “technology insertion” class of destroyers equipped with the AEGIS Weapons Systems. It is designed to incorporate shaping techniques to reduce radar detectability.

The start of fabrication signifies the first 100 tons of steel cut. From this point, Ingalls will assemble the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer using modular construction, where pre-fabricated units are constructed separately and later lifted in place and integrated with other units.

Paul Ignatius served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1967-69 and was assistant secretary of defense during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration.

Ingalls is currently building two other destroyers in addition to Paul Ignatius. John Finn (DDG 113) is scheduled to be delivered in 2016 with Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) to follow in 2017.

Ingalls has already delivered 28 DDG 51 destroyers to the Navy.

The highly capable, multi-mission ships are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com


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