The Navy's newest ship made a splashy debut as NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw's wife, Meredith, broke a champagne bottle across the bow of the USS Rushmore to send it into the muddy waters of the Mississippi River.

The Rushmore is the second ship named for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota."We don't get to see many ship launchings in South Dakota," Gov. George Mickelson commented during christening ceremonies Saturday in New Orleans.