Laying the Keel

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s 19th Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19), in a ceremony held on May 17, 2017 at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis.

Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the ship’s sponsor, completed the tradition of authenticating the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship. This action is the formal recognition of the start of the ship’s construction.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as the sponsor of the future USS ST LOUIS,” Mrs. Taylor said. “The keel-laying ceremony is a great milestone, and I look forward to supporting the ship and its crew throughout the building process. I know the people of St. Louis and Missouri will proudly support her when she is commissioned and officially enters the Navy fleet.”

USS St. Louis