Nov 6, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy
General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. Navy's third mobile landing platform, the future USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3), Nov. 5
A keel-laying traditionally represents the formal beginning of a ship.
Although the fabrication of ship components often begin months earlier, authentication that the keel is "straight and truly laid" remains a key shipbuilding and ceremonial milestone.
The keel of MLP 3 was authenticated by Elizabeth Glueck, wife of Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck, commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.