Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) introduced right now that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the corporate’s thirteenth amphibious transport dock, Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29), constructed for the U.S. Navy. LPD 29 is called to honor U.S. Navy Capt. Richard M. McCool Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in rescuing survivors from a sinking destroyer and for saving his personal touchdown help ship throughout a World Warfare II kamikaze assault. His rescue efforts came about precisely 77 years previous to the day Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) was christened. Underneath Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven was the keynote speaker.

“Richard M. McCool Jr. really embodied the spirit of service above self,” Raven stated. “The sailors and Marines who will sail on this future ship stick with it that legacy following the instance of spirit, patriotism and selflessness set by Richard M. McCool Jr.”


“For practically 20 years, we now have had the chance to construct these amphibious ships, and we stay up for persevering with this journey with such a valued companion. In the present day we mirror on Richard M. McCool Jr.’s bravery and heroism in entrance of a ship that may carry one other technology of courageous sailors and Marines into missions defending our freedom,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson stated.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Richard M. McCool Jr (LPD 29)

Richard M. McCool Jr. is co-sponsored by Shana McCool and Kate Oja, granddaughters of the ship’s namesake. Collectively, the 2 sponsors formally christened Richard M. McCool Jr. by smashing a bottle of glowing wine throughout the bow of the ship. Shana spoke on behalf of each sponsors at right now’s ceremony. When talking about her grandfather’s heroic acts some 77 years in the past, Shana McCool stated, “To the commanding officer and future crew of this ship, could she (the ship) maintain you secure. And within the phrases of our grandfather, could you all the time bear in mind to struggle as a unit and never as people.”

Launching Richard M. McCool Jr. is the primary of a sequence of great milestone occasions in bringing the ship to life, and eventual supply to the U.S. Navy which is deliberate for later subsequent yr. Ingalls Shipbuilding is constructing the whole San Antonio class of ships, the most recent addition to the Navy’s twenty first century amphibious assault power. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships that displace 25,000 tons are used to embark and land Marines, their gear and provides ashore by way of air cushion or standard touchdown craft and amphibious assault autos, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and touchdown plane such because the MV-22 Osprey.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Amphibious Transport Dock Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29)
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Amphibious Transport Dock Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29)