Wednesday, December 13, 2006
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics , held a keel- laying ceremony for the fifth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. The ship is named USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) in honor of the former Navy Rear Admiral who was one of the first men to explore the Artic circle.A keel-laying ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that signifies an important milestone as full-scale production begins. In recognition of that milestone, Phebe Novakovic, senior vice president of Planning and Development for General Dynamics, was the honoree for the event and welded her initials into the keel. The Robert E. Peary is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy's Military Sealift Command in the second quarter of 2008. When it joins the fleet, the ship's primary mission will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea.