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MEDIA ADVISORY--Ingalls Shipbuilding to Christen National Security Cutter Munro

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:Media Day and Christening of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755)
When:10:30 a.m. Friday, Media Day (closed-toe shoes required)
10 a.m. Saturday, Christening (media should arrive by 8:45 a.m.)
Where: Ingalls Shipbuilding Visitor Control Center (Main Gate on christening day)
Who:Media Day
• Ship Sponsor Julie Sheehan
• Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias
• Shipbuilders of Munro
• Capt. Thomas King, Munro’s prospective commanding officer
Christening day
• Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft (keynote speaker), Mrs. Sheehan, Cuccias and Capt. King
Press kit available at: http://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/events/nsc6christening/media
RSVP:Bill Glenn, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (228) 327-1671
william.glenn@hii-co.com

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday.

#MunroNSC6 is the hashtag for the event.

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division will christen the sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755), on Saturday. Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Julie Sheehan, great-niece of the ship’s namesake, Signalman First Class Douglas Munro, is the ship sponsor.

Munro died heroically on Sept. 27, 1942, on Guadalcanal. Having volunteered to evacuate a detachment of Marines who were facing annihilation by a large and unanticipated enemy force, he succeeded in safely extricating them and in doing so was mortally wounded.

For his heroic and selfless actions in the completion of this rescue mission, Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He is the Coast Guard’s sole recipient of the award.

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 approximately 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

Source:Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.