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Rick Holly

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Christening Tarawa LHA-1 DEC 1, 1973 11:00 AM Pascagoula, Mississippi
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Ingalls Shipbuilding is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Ingalls Shipbuilding has pioneered the development and production of technologically advanced, highly capable warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and foreign and commercial customers.

The USS Tarawa LHA-1 was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, one of more than 275 ships of all kinds which it has manufactured and now serve in military and commercial roles with the distinction and excellent performance throughout the world. When it appeared there would be a pressing need to meet national security and shipping requirements in the future, Litton made the move to construct a modern shipbuilding facility expanding the capacity it already had at Pascagula, Mississippi. It made this tremendous effort and investment largely on faith that American would support a strong defense posture, and that maritime needs would remain at a high level. Even when Litton won the concept and design competition for what was called the FDLS (Fast Deployment Logistics Ship), and it was not funded, the drive to keep on course with the shipyard continued unbated. This persistence in going doggedly on was a national resource development because while the decisions wee being made to update and modernize the U.S. Navy - and what kinds of ships would be involve - no time was being lost in readying a modern shipbuilding complex which would undertake such programs. More that 700 acres comprise the Ingalls layout, and every day - 365 day a year - some company or individual approaches Litton Industries asking it to undertake a shipbuilding project of some kind. The USS Tarawa is the first of five LHA (General Purpose Amphibious Assault) ships which will be built for the U.S. Navy, which are especially designed to the mission requirements of the United States Marine Corps. 

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Christening Tarawa LHA-1 DEC 1, 1973 11:00 AM Pascagoula, Mississippi
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Whar is missing in this : " The USS is the first of five LHA (General Purpose Amphibious Assault) ships which will be built for the U.S. Navy, which are especially designed to the mission requirements of the United States Marine Corps."?

The quote should read : "The USS Tarawa is the first....."

And a grand lady she was. As one of the first Marines to deploy into West Pac, that cruise was full of firsts. Now the sea-stories continue.

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This is the actual christening program. Notice you don't add the USS in a christening program, because the USS would be after the christening, not before or during the christening.

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Whar is missing in this : " The USS is the first of five LHA (General Purpose Amphibious Assault) ships which will be built for the U.S. Navy, which are especially designed to the mission requirements of the United States Marine Corps."? The quote should read : "The USS Tarawa is the first....." And a grand lady she was. As one of the first Marines to deploy into West Pac, that cruise was full of firsts. Now the sea-stories continue.

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