Ingalls, ship sponsor Kay Bowen Webber Cochran christens NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756)

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Hundreds gathered at Ingalls Shipbuilding Saturday morning to witness the christening of the seventh National Security Cutter, the Kimball (WMSL 756).

Saturday’s christening had a unique flavor as Kay Bowen Webber Cochran, wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran adorned in vibrant color jacket was the center of attention as the ship’s sponsor and was charged with the duty of christening the ship.

The ship’s namesake is Sumner Increase Kimball who organized the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and served as the General Superintendent for 37 years. The USLSS eventually merged with other federal services to become what is now known today as the U.S. Coast Guard.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with U.S. Rep Steven Palazzo, Ingalls president Brian Cuccias, prospective commanding officer of the Kimball Capt. David Ramassini were among the speakers in attendance.