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Palazzo Attends USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee Christening Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) attended the USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) Christening Ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

“Ingalls is the largest private employer in the state of Mississippi and they have one of the greatest and most patriotic workforces in our state- creating beautiful multi-mission ships that will carry our Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard around the world to preserve peace and protect lives. I am proud to support the shipbuilding industry in south Mississippi that contributes so greatly to the defense of our nation,”

U.S. Navy vessels are often named after Americans of great historical significance, known for their bravery and courage. The ship’s namesake, Chief Nurse Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, broke many glass ceilings for women in the U.S. Navy. She led the Navy Nurse Corps during WWI and was the first woman to receive the Navy Cross for heroism in combat.

“May the DDG 123 embody Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee’s leadership, strength, and fortitude as it carries our American sailors for years to come.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding contributes greatly to the U.S. Navy fleet, building vessels that carry America’s maritime forces around the world. Ingalls is the builder-of-record for guided missile destroyers, large deck amphibious ships, and the flagship of the Coast Guard- the National Security Cutter. 

The Christening event was hosted by Ingalls Shipbuilding on Saturday, April 24, 2021 which brought together the shipbuilders, crew, community members, and sponsors to display patriotism and support for the U.S. Navy. Currently the ship is anticipated to join the Navy fleet in July, 2022.