Launching Ceremony

You can check out the excellent photos (below).

You can read the original program by following this link.

Or you can read the speeches by following this link.

LOLA'S INCREDIBLY RARE "SHIPYARD PHOTOS" BOOK (LAUNCHING)

 

INGALLS NUCLEAR SHIPBUILDING

DIVISION OF LITTON INDUSTRIES

PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI

 

LAUNCHING

USS TUNNY SSN 682

JUNE 10, 1972

SENATOR AND MRS. GEORGE D. AIKEN

 

Image # L0- Cover

Image # L1 - Horseshoe Plaque

Lola Aiken, Sponsor, gave this to TUNNY's crew. It hung over the Stateroom door. (But wasn't present at decommissioning, so it's fate is a mystery.

Image # L2

Lola Aiken, Sponsor, with Horseshoe plaque

Image # L3 - Launch Ceremony cover

Postmark Dated 10 June 1972

Image # L4 - Launching TUNNY Booklet

Image # L5

Listed from left to right:

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L6

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Image # L7

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding) gives his "Welcome" speech.

Image # L8

Senator George D. Aiken gives the Launching Address

Image # L9

Listed from left to right:

Reverend Joseph Mercier, Pastor of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pascagoula, MS

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Image # L10

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Image # L11 - Launching

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Image # L12

Listed from left to right:

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Senator George D. Aiken

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Image # L13

Listed from left to right:

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

Senator George D. Aiken

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L14

Listed from left to right:

Mr. William "Fishbait" Miller, Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Senator George D. Aiken

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L15

 

Image # L16 - Launch

Interesting note 1: If you look in the bridge cockpit, you'll see CDR Dennis Sloan, Commanding Officer USS TUNNY (SSN 682). Look closely near his right arm to see hid dad, Colonel Donald Sloan, USAF (Ret.) blowing the ship's whistle.

Interesting note 2: The 2 guys on the sail are part of ADM Charles Payne's organization. (Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula)

Interesting note 3: Look closely 3/4 way down the part side of TUNNY, you'll see a cable connected to a drag anchor. This drag anchor causes the ship to turn (stern to port side) and avoid collision that would occur if the ship traveled straight across the channel.

Image # L17

Image # L18

Listed from left to right:

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L19

Listed from left to right:

ADM Dolan (?)

Ms. Rosina Pierotti (Lola's sister)

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Senator George D. Aiken

ADM Charles Payne, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

 

Image # L20

Listed from left to right:

ADM Dolan (with NAVSEA)?

?

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mr. William "Fishbait" Miller, Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives (he is holding Lola's gifts)

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Senator George D. Aiken

ADM Charles Payne, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L21

Listed from left to right:

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Image # L22

Listed from left to right:

Senator George D. Aiken

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

 

Image # L23 - Reception on the lawn

 

 

 

Image # L24

Listed from left to right:

? Who is she? Sent inquiry to Lola.

Senator George D. Aiken

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

ADM Charles Payne, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula

Interesting note 1: If you lbehind ADM Payne, you'll see CDR Sloan's daughters. Far right is Lisa with a cast on her arm, and Linda is partially visible to his left.

Interesting note 2: Lisa asked Rickover to sign her cast. He did, only an "X" with a circle around it.

Image # L25

Listed from left to right:

ADM Charles Payne, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Image # L26

Listed from left to right:

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

ADM Dolan? Navsea?

Senator George D. Aiken

Image # L27

Listed from left to right:

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Senator George D. Aiken

Image # L28 - Desktop TUNNY

ADM H.G. Rickover presents a miniature model to Mrs. Lola Aiken.

Image # L29 - Gift for Lola

Listed from left to right:

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L30

Mrs. Lola Aiken, Sponsor

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Image # L31

Listed from left to right:

ADM Charles Payne, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula

Mrs. Douglas Robie (Matron of Honor)

ADM H.G. Rickover, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Ship Systems Command, and Director, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission

Mr. Ned Marandino (President of Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding)

Senator George D. Aiken

Image # L32

Lola's notes, "Officers of TUNNY"

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Lola's notes, "Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding"