Ingalls Begins Construction Of First SA'AR 5 Corvette
Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton In Pascagoula, Miss., has begun construction of its first SA'AR 5 corvette for the Government of Israel. Ingalls president Jerry St. Pe, as well as Adm. Micha Ram, Chief of Naval Operations, Israeli Navy, and other Israeli naval and defense officials participated in the ceremony. Ingalls is building three of the 1,200-ton corvettes for the Israeli Navy, with an option for a fourth ship. Ingalls completed the detail design of the all-new corvettes utilizing the three-dimensional capabilities of Ingalls' Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. The corvette is the first surface combatant to be designed entirely using CAD. The first corvette is scheduled to be completed at the end of 1993, with the follow-on ships to be delivered at six-month intervals t h e r e a f t e r . Ingalls is a modern shipbuilding facility with 16,500 employees.
During the past 53 years, Ingalls has delivered nearly 300 sbips into active service, including 55 major U.S. Navy surface combats since 1975.