Workmen at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. listen as General Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during keel laying ceremony for the LHD-class amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2). J St. Pe', president, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., and E.E. Shoults, program manager, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sea Lift Program, are pictured in the background