BATH, Maine — Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters have christened a stealthy warship that bears his name by smashing bottles of Champagne on it.
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb said her father would be honored to have his name on a Navy ship, especially one that "looks forward, not backward."
The contract is for "planning yard services" such as design, logistics, planning and execution of ship maintenance and modernization.
She and her sister, Luci Baines Johnson, were joined by other family members at the ceremony Saturday at Maine’s Bath Iron Works, where several peace protesters who blocked the road in front of the shipyard were arrested before the ceremony.
The 610-foot warship is the last in a class of three ships that are the largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyers built for the U.S. Navy.
The Lyndon B. Johnson will undergo further outfitting and sea trials before it’s commissioned into service.