The third Joint High Speed Vessel gets the traditional whack of a Champaign bottle. The Millinocket is named for a town in Maine. Doing the honors is the administrator of the Small Business Administration Karen Mills. She hails from Maine herself.
"The values of Maine, the hard work the fortitude of these towns will go forth as part of the spirit of this ship," says Karen Mills. For the Navy this is the next in the line of ships designed to handle a multitude of missions.
"What we're building these days are relatively large ships with open bays and flight decks such that an open bay can convert to most anything you want so it's that flexible agility that you get from a ship with/ a flight deck and open bay that's what we're trying to do," says Vice Admiral William Burke. For Austal the Millinocket represents the growth the company has seen in Mobile over the last decade as they continue to produce ships for the US Navy ships.
"The vision that our founder had in coming here to Mobile and this is just a testament from the local support, the state of Alabama the city of Mobile and it's a lot of effort," says Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. Once finished the ship heads to Norfolk, Virginia for shakedown tests and then to its home port.