BATH, Maine (AP) – The christening ceremony in Maine for a first-in-class warship has been postponed due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The Navy announced Friday that it’s postponing the ceremony for the future USS Zumwalt, which was supposed to be held Oct. 19 at Bath Iron Works.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office says the Zumwalt will be launched on schedule with no public ceremony and the christening will happen later.
The 610-foot-long ship named after Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt is the largest Navy destroyer ever built and the first new destroyer class since the Arleigh Burke launched at Bath Iron Works in 1989.
Zumwalt, the country’s 19th Chief of Naval Operations, died in 2000.
Navy officials say they are working with the Zumwalt family and Bath Iron Works to reschedule the ceremony.