Bollinger hosts military officials, senator in Pascagoula

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Earlier this week, Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding hosted a delegation of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leaders at its facility in Pascagoula. The delegation included Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Christopher Mahoney, PEO Ships Rear Adm. Tom Anderson, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. The visit underscored the role Bollinger plays in American shipbuilding in enhancing our nation’s defense capabilities and bolstering the economy.

“Bollinger Shipyards was honored to welcome Adm. Franchetti, Gen. Mahoney, and Sen. Wicker to Pascagoula,” said Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. “We take great pride in our contribution to the strength and readiness of America’s naval forces and remain dedicated to maintaining our legacy of quality, durability, and innovation in shipbuilding. This visit provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and ongoing commitment to fulfilling the critical needs of our military, both today and in the years to come.”

Left to right: Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon, Rear Adm. Tom Anderson, Sen. Roger Wicker and Gen. Christopher Mahoney tour Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding. Bollinger Shipyards photo

During their visit, Franchetti, Mahoney, Anderson and Wicker toured the facility, engaged with Bollinger’s workforce, and were briefed by Bollinger leadership on current and future projects. Bollinger Mississippi currently builds the T-AGS and APL programs for the U.S. Navy, as well as the polar security cutter program for the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I will always showcase our skilled Gulf Coast shipbuilders and the impressive work they do. The Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and world benefit from what comes out of our shipyards,” said Wicker. “As one of Mississippi’s U.S. senators and the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look for every opportunity to advance our region’s national defense contributions. This visit was worthwhile.”

This was Franchetti’s and Mahoney’s first visit to Bollinger Mississippi. The visit was part of a tour of Gulf Coast shipyards.


By Professional Mariner Staff