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Caplt. P.D. Hurst, supervisor of shipbuilding, fifth from the left, poses with employees of Avondale Industries, Inc. during the keel laying of the Whidbey Island class dock landing ship LSD-44. In the background a fleet oiler is under construction

A port bow view of the fleet oiler USNS HENRY J. KAISER (T-AO 187) moored at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyard. The ship is 90 percent complete

A port quarter view of the fleet oiler USNS HENRY J. KAISER (T-AO 187) moored at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyard. The ship is 90 percent complete

Attending the keel laying for the dock landing ship USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) are, from left to right: Emile Foret, Avondale Industries, Inc. (AAI); James Schiro (AAI); Lawrence Torres (AAI); Julius Laurent (AAI); Eric Houin (AAI); Commander (CDR) Jim Mullican, office of the supervisor of shipbuilding, New Orleans (SSNO); Chris Sprague (AAI); Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Frank Forkel (SSNO); Dewey Lee (SSNO); Norman Nowell (SSNO); C.C. Cole (SSNO); Charles Turberville (SSNO); and Donald Cazaubon (SSNO)

At the christening and launch of the dock landing ship USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47): seated, left to right, Mrs. P.D. Hurst; Mrs. A.L. Bossier; Meredeth Brokaw, ship's sponsor; Kimberly Graff, flower girl; Linda Mickelson, matron of honor; and Rep. Lindy Boggs, D-LA. Standing, left to right: A.L. Bossier, CEO, Avondale Industries, Inc.; Captain J.F. King, NAVSEA: Governor G.S. Mickelson of South Dakota; Senator, Larry Pressler, R-SD; Tom Brokaw, NBC News; and Captain P.D. Hurst, SUPSHIP, New Orleans

Representatives of Avondale Industries, Inc., and US Navy officials pose for a photograph at the keel laying ceremony for the dock landing ship USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49). They include, from left: C. Sprague, LSD 44/48 Prog. Mgr.'s Rep.: Emile Foret, Vice President, Ship Construction; Captain John C. Donohue, SSNO, Supervisor of Shipbuilding; Carey Agregaard, Asst. Prog. Mgr.; David Gordon, LSD (CV) Prog. Mgr.; R. Clark, Lead Production Engineer and P.O. Potter, Configuration Mgr.

Officials of Avondale Industries, Inc., Shipyards Division, and Navy representatives gather for a group photograph at the keel-laying of the surveying ship USNS WATERS (T-AGS-45)

A starboard quarter view of the surveying ship USNS WATERS (T-AGS-45) laid up in the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyards

A starboard bow view of the surveying ship USNS WATERS (T-AGS-45) laid up in the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyards

The surveying ship USNS WATERS (T-AGS-45) slips into the water at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyards just after being christened

While Albert L. Bossier Jr., President and CHIEF Executive Officer of Avondale Industries, Inc., observes, the sponsors christen the bow of the surveying ship USNS WATERS (T-AGS-45). They are, from front to rear: Ann Waters Scott, Martha Waters Philipps, Carol Weir Waters, and Dabney Waters Schmitt

Officials of Avondale Industries, Shipyards Division, and U.S. Navy officials pose for a photograph following the keel lay ing of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51), which took place on September 21st. They include, from left: H. Brown, SSNO, asst. hull mgr.; M. Garza, production dept.; M. Lusick, NAVESA, acquisition mgr. (PMS 377G); E. Foret, vice-pres., ship construction; G. Smith, NAVESA, asst. acquisition mgr. (PMS377G); S. Pearce, proj. engineering coord.; G.J. Griffin, proj. eng.; D. Gordon, prog. mgr.; LT. I. Pierce, SSNO, hull mgr.; S. Punch, prog. sec. and C. Agregaard, asst. prog. mgr

Navy and civilian personnel pose for a photo during the keel laying ceremony for the dock landing ship CARTER HALL (LSD-50) at the Avondale Industries, Inc. (AII) shipyard. They are, from left to right: Kim Ellinburg, AII project engineer; B.J. Griffin, AII project engineer; CPT N.J. Shackelton, director, SUPSHIPS, management group, NAVSEA (SEA071); CPT John C. Donahue, supervisor of shipbuilding, New Orleans (SSNO); Mike Simpson, AII vice president (VP), production; Emile Foret, AII VP, ship construction; LT Ivan Pierce, SSNO, program hull manager; LDR William Dicken, SSNO, program manager's representative; D. Gordon, AII program manager; R. Clark, AII lead production engineer; Carey ...

In a blast of foam, Mrs. Sandra Boomer breaks the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51) officially christening the newest amphibious shp of the U.S. Navy in ceremonies at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard

A starboard side view of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51) floating free in the Mississippi River at the conclusion of the ship's christening ceremony at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51) resting on the aft poppets of the launching ways at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard shortly before the ship's official christening

With a surge of white water, the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51) splashes into the Mississippi River at the conclusion of the ship's christening ceremony at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard

An informal portrait of Mrs. Sandra Boomer taken during ceremonies at the launching of the dock landing shIp OAK HILL (LSD-51) at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard. Mrs. Boomer, the wife of GEN. Walter E. Boomer, USMC, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, is the official sponsor at the christening of the Navy's newest amphibious ship

A starboard bow view of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51) resting on the forward poppets of the launching ways shortly before the ship's official christening at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard

Informal portrait of the principal members of the christening party of the dock landing ship OAK HILL (LSD-51). (Top row, L-R); CDR. Mike Durnan, prospective CO of LSD-51. Ed Mortimer, Vice Pres. Avondale Industries; CDR. J. Larry Perry; Bernard P. Clark; Jacob Perin; J.D. Lokey; Eugene E. Shoults; General Walter E. Boomer, USMC; and Albert L. Bossier, Jr., CEO Avondale Industries. (Bottom row L-R); Victoria Perin, Mrs. Jeffrey Perin; Miss Helen Boomer, Maid of Honor; Miss Falyn Amada Dempster, Flower Girl; Mrs. Sandra Boomer, Sponsor; Mrs. J.D. Lokey, Matron of Honor and Mrs. Diana Perry

A starboard bow view of the Military Sealift Commands oceanographic Survey Ship USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS-60) tied up at the fitting out pier at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyard

Ships Sponsor, Mrs. Beverly Angello Young, poses with the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) afloat in the Mississippi River at the conclusion of the christening and launch ceremony at Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyards Division

A port bow view of the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) being moved into a floating dry dock shortly after christening and launch at the Avondale Industries, Inc., Shipyards Division

A port bow view of the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) while being pulled into a floating drydock shortly after christening and launch at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. PEARL HARBOR is the ninth and last LSD built by Avondale. She is the first ship named for Pearl Harbor, one of the better known names in naval history

Mrs. Beverly Angello Young, Ships Sponsor of the landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) pictured here christening the ship. Looking on is Mr. Albert L. Bossier, Jr., Chairman, President and CHIEF Executive Officer of Avondale Industries, Inc., Shipyards Division

A port bow view of the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) being pulled back to the pier by a commercial tugboat following the ships christening and launch at the Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard on the Mississippi River

Port quarter view of the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) being moved into a floating dry dock following her christening and launch at the Avondale Industries, Inc., Shipyards Division

Moments after being christened in ceremonies at the Shipyards Division of Avondale Industries, Inc. the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-ARK 301) rests in Avondales 80,000 ton floating drydock. The 950 foot long ship is the second of five strategic sealift ships being built for the Navy by Avondale

Starboard beam view of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-ARK 301) waterborne following christening at Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard

Starboard quarter view of the Military Sealift Command (MSSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-AKR 301) on the launching platform shortly before christening at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyard

Dr. Sunnie Kenowsky-Irving cuts the line which sends a champagne bottle crashing into the pumpkin painted on the side of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-ARK 301) officially christening the ship in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. Witnessing the action is Mr. A. L. Bossier Jr., Chairman, President and CHIEF Executive Officer of Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyard Division

Port bow view of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-AKR 301) on the launching platform shortly before christening at the Avondale Industries, Inc. shipyard

Port bow view of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Bob Hope Class Vehicle Transport Ship USNS FISHER (T-AKR 301) tied up at the fitting out pier at the Avondale Industries, Shipyard Division. This progress photo shows the ship at 80 % completion

Port quarter view of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Bob Hope Class Vehicle Transport Ship USNS FISHER (T-AKR 301), tied up at the fitting out pier at the Avondale Industries, Shipyard Division. This progress photo shows the ship at 80 % completion

Official keel laying of the Military Sealift (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS PILLARU (T-AKR 304) at the Avondale Shipyard. Left to right: Lenin Fernandez, Avondale Inc.; Richard Allen, Avondale; Joey Forest, Avondale; Don Stewart MSC; Rob Kuehnel, Avondale; Chad Hawkins, MSC; Carey Agregaard, Avondale; James Person, MSC; Joe Harry, Avondale; John Lusk, MSC; Mark Sealer, MacGregor Inc.; Larry Broadlee, Avondale; Aldean Chapli, MSC; V.J. Rome, Avondale; Douglas LeBlanc, Avondale; Norman Brown, Avondale Industries, Inc