General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of the company, recently launched the U.S. Navy's supply ship the William McLean. The ship, a 12th of a class of 14 dry cargo/ammunition, will serve as Combat Logistics Force or be part of a Maritime Prepositioning Force.
About 1,000 people came to the San Diego shipyard to celebrate the launch of the 689-foot ship, which was named after William Burdette McLean, a Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile.
The missile was the first of its kind to be carried by fighter aircraft. McLean's niece served as the ship's sponsor and broke the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel before leaving the bay.
President of NASSCO Fred Harris said this ship joins a distinguished tradition of NASSCO built of modified ships bound for service under the direction of the Navy's Military Sealift Command. The ship will be sent to the Navy later this fall and will bring necessary supplies and equipment to U.S. Marine Corps. around the world.