WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus formally named USS Tripoli (LHA 7) May 30 during an evening parade hosted by Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos at Marine Barracks Washington.
140530-N-LV331-002 WASHINGTON (May 30, 2014) Lynn Mabus, ship sponsor for the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7), delivers remarks about what it means to be a part of the life of Tripoli as her husband, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus looks on. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)
"It is a unique evening here at Eighth and I. We are officially naming the next big-deck amphibious ship, the USS Tripoli, LHA 7," said Mabus. "The proud heritage of this name will remind all who come in contact with her of the Marines' storied history, strong present and noble future."
Mabus introduced the ship's sponsor, Lynne Mabus, during the ceremony and she spoke about what it means to be a part of the life of USS Tripoli, the third Navy ship to bear the name.
"I feel especially glad to be the sponsor of the Tripoli," said Mrs. Mabus, "because of so many things that are close to my family and my heart," she added. "She will be built at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is at this shipyard that my grandfather worked for decades and where my grandmother was a real life Rosie the Riveter during World War II."