The keel of Minnesota

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The expression of the gentleman on the far right makes me want to have a caption contest, but instead I’ll simply tell you that the submarine Minnesota is coming along after almost three years of construction. They held the keel laying today in Newport News.

What’s happening here. According to Navy News:


In a time-honored Navy tradition, ship sponsor Ellen Roughead, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, had her initials welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to Minnesota’s hull. Mrs. Roughead, a former educator, has been a tireless supporter of military families and continuing education initiatives for Navy spouses.

Let’s zoom back a little for a better perspective…

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(h/t: Bill Catlin)

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