PASCAGOULA, Miss., May 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

What:Media day and christening ceremony for the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27)
When:10:30 a.m. Friday (media day; closed-toe shoes required)
 10 a.m. Saturday (christening ceremony; media should arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Where:    Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Visitor Control Center
WhoMedia Day – Friday
 – Ship Sponsor Bonnie Amos
 – Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias
 – Ted Waller, who was on original heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA 33) when Japanese surrendered in World War II    
 – Shipbuilders of Portland
 – Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland
 Christening Day – Saturday
 – Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division
 – Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.
 – Bonnie Amos, Brian Cuccias, Capt. Hill and Ted Waller

More LPD 27 info is available at:

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday to: Bill Glenn, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (228) 327-1671, [email protected]

#PortlandLPD27 is the hashtag for event.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division will christen the company’s 11th amphibious transport dock, Portland (LPD 27), on Saturday. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division, is the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Bonnie Amos, wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, is the ship’s sponsor.

Ted Waller is a special guest for the weekend. He joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, and was aboard the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA 33) when the Japanese military surrendered to Guam’s rear admiral in Truk Lagoon. Simultaneously in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, the Japanese surrendered aboard the USS Missouri (BB 63).

LPD 27 will be the third ship named Portland. It is named for the largest city in the state of Oregon. Oregon has a long history with the Navy, going back to the construction of hundreds of World War II Liberty and Victory ships at three Portland-area shipyards.

The first USS Portland (CA 33) was the lead ship of a new class of heavy cruisers. Launched in 1932, it was named after the city of Portland, Maine, and saw battle during World War II. The second USS Portland (LSD 37), an amphibious landing ship commissioned in 1970, was named after both Portland, Maine and Oregon. She completed 14 deployments to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Atlantic.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. 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. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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