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NOAAA Fisheries Research Vessel PISCES Christening and Launch
December 19, 2007

Press Release

Movie clip of the christening and launch (WMV) file

Pictures of the ceremony and the launch were taken by Ray Broussard for NOAA. Click on the image for a larger version (these are large files)

Photos from the Christening and Launch

VADM Lautenbacher speaking
VADM Navy (ret.) Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, thanks those at VT Halter Marine and NOAA who made the PISCES launch possible.

Dr. Shelby christens the ship
Dr. Annette Nevin Shelby, sponsor, christens PISCES

Presentation of colors
PISCES ceremony gets underway with presentation of colors by the Moss Point, Mississippi, High School NJROTC Color Guard.

PISCES is launched
PISCES is launched into the Escawtawpa River at VT Halter Marine's Moss Point, Mississippi, shipyard.

VIPs in front of platform
VIPS in front of platform. From left to right: John Oliver, Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service; Brig. General Boyd E. King, USA (ret.), CEO, VT Halter Marine; Navy Retired Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacker, Jr., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator; Dr. Annette Nevin Shelby, Professor Emerita, Georgetown University; Gen. John C. Coburn, USA (ret.); Rear Admiral Jonathan W. Bailey, NOAA, Director, NOAA Corps and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, CDR Philip Gruccio, NOAA, PISCES Commanding Officer-select; and LCDR MacGregor McClellan, USN, Chaplain.

Reporter interviews student
WLOX-TV reporter interviews Molly Mohler, 10th grade student at Southaven High School in Southaven, Mississippi. Molly was a member of the Sacred Heart School student team that named the ship last year.

Sponsor gives gift at the reception
Dr. Annette Nevin Shelby, sponsor, presents engraved clock, a gift to the ship, to PISCES Commanding Officer-Select Commander Philip Gruccio, NOAA.





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