There are distinctive phases of a ships life: Planning; Building; Testing; Delivery; Operational; and finally Retirement. These phases are
marked by traditional milestone celebrations: Keel Laying; Christening; Launching; Commissioning; and De-Commissioning.
The Keel Laying Ceremony celebrates the laying of the first timber and can be traced back to the first ship building for our Navy. The current ceremony, maintans the tradition, but has been modified to take into consideration updates in materials, technology, and techniques.
The USS LOS ANGELES,
SSN-688 keel was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding on 8 January, 1972.