The Keel Laying ceremony for USNS CITY OF BISMARCK was held on January 18, 2017, at the AUSTA USA shipyard in the hangar where the ship was being assembled. USNS City of Bismarck Committee Chairman Bob Wefald was given the honor of authenticating the “Keel.” In a “Keel Laying” ceremony the authenticator’s initials are welded onto a metal plate which is then installed on the ship.
The ceremony was held under the stern of the ship.
The authenticator of the keel was called on to make a few remarks.
An AUSTAL USA welder welded the authenticator’s initials onto a metal plate.
A group photo was taken at the end of the ceremony with the welder on the right.
The metal plate is now installed on the third deck of the ship.