MEDIA ADVISORY--Ingalls Shipbuilding to Host Christening of Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26)

ADVISORY, March 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What: Media day and christening ceremony for the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26)
When: 10:20 a.m. Friday, March 20 (media day; closed-toe shoes required)
  10 a.m. Saturday, March 21 (christening ceremony; media should arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Where: Ingalls Shipbuilding's Visitor Control Center
Who Media Day – March 20
  -- Mrs. Joyce Murtha, wife of John P. Murtha 
  -- Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias
  -- Shipbuilders of James P. Murtha
  -- Brian Schires, president, Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition 
  -- Capt. Kevin J. Parker, John P. Murtha's prospective commanding officer
  Christening Day – March 21
  -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  -- Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters
  -- Mrs. Joyce Murtha, Brian Cuccias and Capt. Kevin J. Parker
Press kit available at:
RSVP:  Bill Glenn, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (228) 327-1671

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

#MurthaLPD26 is the hashtag for event.

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division will christen the company's 10th amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), on Saturday, March 21. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the featured speaker at the christening. Ms. Donna S. Murtha, daughter of ship's namesake, is the ship sponsor. Mrs. Joyce Murtha, wife of the ship's namesake, will also attend.

LPD 26 is named for the Honorable John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District for 36 years—from 1974 until his death in 2010. In addition to his tenured history in the House of Representatives, Murtha was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Reserves. He served a distinguished 37 years, receiving the Bronze Star with Combat "V," two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service in the Vietnam War. He retired as a colonel in 1990.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial 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, Va., HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit