Volunteers Needed for Nov. 19 Keel Laying

Published November 1, 2022

Employee volunteers are needed to assist during the Saturday, Nov. 19, keel laying ceremony for Virginia-class submarine Arkansas (SSN 800). The Little Rock Nine are the ship’s sponsors and will participate in the event.

The Little Rock Nine made history in 1957 as the first African American students to attend all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The move fulfilled the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Faced with shouting mobs, threats of violence and hostile state leaders who blocked their way, the teenagers were escorted by federal troops at the direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Email [email protected] to volunteer. There is currently a waitlist for tickets to attend the event. Shipuilders who would like to be added to the waitlist to receive two tickets – one for yourself and one for a guest – also should email [email protected].