The USS Lt. Michael Murphy, DDG 112 was launched at BIW today. Murphy was a SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005, killed while calling in an airstrike to protect his fellow SEALs. This would have been his 35th birthday, he was killed in Operation Red Wings when he was 29. More information here.
I lived in Maine, and was able to see two launchings. It is really, really impressive seeing such a huge thing go into the water and float freely, and it’s even more impressive when it doesn’t whack into the bridge over the Kennebec River.