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Guided-Missile DDG Christened
At Ingalls Shipbuilding Yard "One of the greatest ironies of today's world is that the United States, which needs both a powerful Navy and a strong and eco- nomically viable U.S.-flag merchant marine, has permitted both to languish," U.S. Con- gressman Elwood H. Hillis of Indiana, a member of the House Armed Services Com- mittee, said recently.
Mr. Hillis, principal speaker at the chris- tening of the New guided-missile destroyer
Scott (DDG-995) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, added that while the U.S. has allowed its fleets to diminish, "the USSR has built its naval and merchant fleets to a size and strength far greater than what is required for Soviet defense and economic needs. "Events over the last year have graphi- cally driven home the fact that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for the United States," Mr. Hillis said. "The challenge to prevent events from tilting the balance of power in the world is not a fu- ture concern. The challenge exists today."
The Scott, named for Rear Adm. Norman
Scott, who died on the bridge of his cruiser division flagship in World War II, is the third of four guided-missile destroyers for the
Navy known as the Kidd class. The ships are similar to the 31 jet-powered destroyers of the Spruance class, designed and now being completed by Ingalls.
Mr. Hillis said the Scott will help fulfill the Navy's requirement to respond to the increasing Soviet naval air and submarine power. "The Congress authorized the pur- chase of the four additional DDG-993 class destroyers to improve the Navy's require- ment for increased antiaircraft and antisub- marine capability," he said. "These ships will "BOTTOM-LINE" TRANSPORTATION MANAGERS
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Mrs. Martha Scott Josi smashes champagne bottle across bow of guided missile destroyer Scott (DDG- 995), the third of four such ships being built by
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. At right is
Leonard Erb, senior vice president of Litton Indus- tries and president of Ingalls, and at left is the spon- sor's sister, Miss Pamela Scott, who served as maid of honor. provide a combination of speed, high maneu- verability, and will be extremely quiet, and will travel at speeds in excess of 30 knots."
Leonard Erb, senior vice president of Lit- ton Industries and president of Ingalls Ship- building, told the guests at the christening that "considering what has happened re- cently in both our economy and our defense posture, it is difficult to imagine a govern- ment program that is more productive and directly beneficial to the needs of the coun- try than defense contracting by private in- dustry. "In the case of Ingalls," Mr. Erb said, "going beyond the immediate benefits of na- tional defense and the support of foreign relations, shipbuilding programs mean jobs, and that means jobs for Americans. U.S.
Navy combat ships are built in this country, and their equipment is supplied by other manufacturers, both large and small, from throughout the country. "Practically every dollar that is spent on a shipbuilding program at our shipyard re- mains in the United States to be turned over and over again," Mr. Erb concluded. "That helps our economy. It supports our balance of payments, and it reduces inflation."
The Scott was christened by Mrs. Martha
Scott Josi of Salinas, Calif., granddaughter of Admiral Scott. Her sister, Ms. Pamela
Scott, served as maid of honor. \ 11 l ^i ~~ f i ) < r 6 mm nn
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New York, to Capt. A. Kawasaki of the full containership Tobhei Maru in recent ship- board ceremonies marking the 50th crossing of the vessel under his command. Accord- ing to H. Matsudaira, North American gen- eral manager of Yamashita-Shinnihon Com- pany, Ltd., owners and operators of the 26,760-dwt vessel that has a capacity of 1,728 TEUs, the Tobhei Maru was the first of a group of Japanese ships placed in the
Atlantic trade in 1972. 10
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