Better Luck Next Time: Champagne Bottle Won't Break During American Submarine Christening - Video
10:31 GMT 01.08.2021 (Updated: 13:21 GMT 06.08.2022)
CC BY 2.0 / Flickr / Cmdr. Corey Barker / The crew of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) man the rails aboard WWII museum ship USS Bowfin (SS 287) to shoot a spirit spot for Fox Sports to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow is an ancient naval tradition, bringing good luck to a ship - or bad luck if something goes wrong.
A bad omen marred the christening ceremony for the US Navy's newest Virginia-class submarine, the USS Hyman G. Rickover, as a traditional champagne bottle didn't break after hitting the vessel.
Footage of the incident shows Sarah Greenert (who is the daughter of the submarine’s sponsors, Darleen Greenert and Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert) hitting the bottle two times with no result before she finally manages to break it.