Barrio Logan Student Names New NASSCO Tug ‘Blue Fin’

SAN DIEGO – As part of its Maritime Month celebration in May, General Dynamics NASSCO invited local K-8 students residing or attending school in the Greater Logan Heights community to name the company’s newest tug boat. Today the tug received its new name and was christened at a special ceremony at NASSCO’s shipyard in Barrio Logan.

The name “Blue Fin” was selected among a variety of entries received. The idea was submitted by Edgar Cordoba who attends King Chavez Academy of Excellence in Barrio Logan. Today Cordoba was given the opportunity to officially name the tug, and Bonnie Fanelli, the wife of 43-year NASSCO employee and assistant dockmaster Tom Fanelli, christened the tug.

The name “Blue Fin” is very significant to NASSCO. In the 1940s, when San Diego’s tuna industry was at its peak, NASSCO was one of the largest tuna boat manufacturers in the region. Today, bluefin tuna can be found directly off San Diego’s coastline, and are highly sought after by local fishermen.

NASSCO provides design, new construction, and repair services for ocean-going vessels, with locations in San Diego, CA; Mayport, FL; Norfolk, VA; and Bremerton, WA. The company’s main shipyard in San Diego has been part of the Barrio Logan/Greater Logan Heights community since 1944 when it first moved to its current location on Harbor Drive and 28th Street, as National Iron Works.

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NASSCO President Kevin Graney with #NameOurTug contest winner Edgar Cordoba
Mrs. Bonnie Fanelli christens the Blue Fin
NASSCO President Kevin Graney with Tom and Bonnie Fanelli
#NameOurTug contest winner Edgar Cordoba and his family
Members of the official party for the naming and christening of the Blue Fin
NASSCO President Kevin Graney with Marine Boat Works representatives
The Blue Fin