This photo shows Massachusetts (SSN 798) around the time shipbuilders reached the pressure hull complete milestone. Photo by Ashley Cowan

Shipbuilders Can Request Tickets for Massachusetts (SSN 798) Christening

Published March 29, 2023

Newport News Shipbuilding will host a christening ceremony for Virginia-class submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6. A limited number of tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. NNS employees interested in attending can email [email protected] to request tickets.

During the ceremony, Ship’s Sponsor Sheryl Sandberg – founder and chair of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation – will perform the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine on the submarine’s hull. Sandberg previously served as chief operating officer at Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The Communications Division also is seeking employees who would like to support the christening ceremony as ushers, site volunteers and parking attendants. Employees interested in volunteering should email [email protected].