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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
 9:30 a.m.
 Media check-in: 9 a.m.
 Christening Ceremony
 Saturday, Sept. 6
 6:30 p.m.
 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
 [email protected]
Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, Sept. 4.

An online press kit and live webcast of the event will be provided at 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
FEC: 3/4
Symbol Rate: 14.385617 Mbps

Window Times:
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 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:

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Satellite: GALAXY 17 (91 degrees west)      

Transponder: Ku Digital 10 – Ch.C (9 Mhz)

Downlink Frequency: 11904.5 

Downlink Polarity: Vertical

FEC: 2/3

Symbol Rate: 7.5

DVBS2, 8PSK TRANSMISSION, 4:2:0, 1080i

Window: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 19

Note: The six minute video that begins the ceremonial keel laying for Arkansas (SSN 800) includes copyrighted materials from HII/Newport News Shipbuilding and others.

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