BATH, Maine — A Maine shipyard announced it celebrated the keel laying of a future Navy guided-missile destroyer on Friday.
A keel laying ceremony is one of the major events in the life of a ship.
The ship's sponsors and a BIW welder authenticated the keel by striking welding arcs onto the steel plate, the shipyard said.
The keel laying is a precursor to the final construction of the ship, testing and sea trials, the shipyard said.
His heroic actions on Guadalcanal would cement his legacy as a Marine legend.
The ship is named for Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Guadalcanal and the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima, where he was killed.
He was the only enlisted Marine in World War II who received both decorations, the shipyard said.