Marinette Marine worker Jason Tordeur, right, welds Janee Lambert Bonner's initials into a nameplate that will be installed on the LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, at its keel laying June 27 ceremony at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. Bonner, back right with facemask, is the wife of U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner and is considered a crew member of the ship to bring good luck. (Rick Gebhard / The EagleHerald via AP)
Marinette Marine welder Jason Tordeur watches as Janee Lambert Bonner signs her initials June 27 into a nameplate that will be installed on the LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, at its keel laying ceremony at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. (Rick Gebhard / The EagleHerald via AP)
MARINETTE, WIS. — The Navy has celebrated the keel laying of the future USS Little Rock.
The traditional ceremony took place Thursday at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, where the Littoral Combat Ship is under construction.
During the ceremony, ship sponsor Janee Bonner authenticated the keel by having her signature welded into it.
The keel is usually the first part of a shipís hull to be constructed. Laying the keel is often marked with a ceremonial event.