Keel for latest Ingalls Coast Guard cutter, Kimball, `truly and fairly laid’

Generally speaking, when U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran attends an event like Friday’s keel authentication for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball, under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding, he is the center of attention.

That was not the case Friday, however, as Cochran happily took a back seat to his wife, Kay Webber Cochran, who is serving as the ship’s sponsor for the Kimball.

The Cochrans, along with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, Ingalls President Brian Cuccias and local dignitaries, were on hand for Friday’s ceremony — a maritime tradition which signals that the ship’s keel has been “truly and fairly laid.”