WHAT: USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) will be christened and launched into San Diego Bay during an evening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard.
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2012. The christening ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. The main gate (28th Street and East Harbor Drive) to the shipyard will open at 6:30 p.m. and will close promptly at 8:15 p.m.
WHO: Speaking at the ceremony will be dignitaries from the United States Navy and Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. The ceremony will culminate in the ship’s sponsor naming the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against its hull.
WHERE: The NASSCO shipyard is located at 2798 East Harbor Drive in San Diego.
BACKGROUND: Named in honor of the labor leader, USNS Cesar Chavez is the 14th ship of the T-AKE class of dry cargo-ammunition ships that NASSCO is building for the Navy. When the Cesar Chavez joins the fleet in 2012, its primary mission will be to deliver more than 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions at one time to combat ships on the move at sea.