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Avondale Shipyard Through the Years


The new photo book, Avondale: A Model for Success, tracks the story of an American shipyard from its humble beginnings in 1938, through years of growth achievement, up to its eventual acquisition in 1999.   Book team leaders, Rene Pierre Meric, Jr. and Philip J. Meric have assembled a pictorial account of Avondale Shipyard, taking readers on a journey that follows the shipyard’s storied history, from its foundation as Avondale Marine Ways through decades of production and expansion as Avondale Shipyard and Avondale Industries, with special mention to the shipyard's founders: James Viavant, Harry Koch and Perry Ellis.   Avondale built a diverse range of vessels and structures through the years, but its most important asset was its people, uniting with the utilization of technology, excellent work force, diversity of construction and great resource of the Mississippi River to create a unique American success story.   This book is available for $30 plus shipping. For more information or to purchase, contact James Baldwin, (504) 588-2981,, or Brigitte Keiser, (504) 588-2982,  

NNS Will Not Boost Avondale Bid

NNS Will Not Boost Avondale Bid Newport News Shipbuilding reportedly will not increase its bid for Avondale Industries, Inc., after Avondale said it was prepared to accept an offer from Litton Industries Inc.

Litton Announces Completion of Avondale Acquisition

Litton Industries, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Avondale Industries, Inc. for $39.50 per share in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $529 million in the aggregate. Avondale, based in New Orleans, designs, builds and overhauls ships for the U.S. Navy, the USCG and commercial customers. Avondale had revenues of approximately $750 million for the year ended December 31, 1998, and employs almost 6,000 people.

Avondale Workers Approve Agreement

Avondale Shipbuilding employees voted to approve the terms of their first union contract with Litton Industries. The company's 1,500 Metal Trades -represented workers approved the agreement by a four-to-one margin. The 45-month agreement, negotiated by the New Orleans Metal Trades Council, provides an immediate three percent wage hike in January as part of an overall nine percent wage hike paid in three increments. Also in the area of wages

Litton Awarded $477.7M Contract

Litton Avondale Industries, a division of Litton Industries, has been awarded a $477.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for the construction of an additional ship in the Navy's newest class of amphibious assault ships. The cost reimbursable contract is for the construction of LPD 20, the fourth ship in a planned 12-ship program. The follow-on eight ships in the LPD 17 San Antonio Class program will be awarded over the next four years.

Northrop Grumman to Build Amphibious Vessel

Northrop Grumman Corp. recently won a $1b contract from the U.S. Navy to build the ninth vessel of LPD-17 Class of amphibious transport ships. Northrop Grumman is building ships for the $13.5b Navy program at its facilities in Avondale, La., and Pascagoula, Miss. The LPD-17s, which stand for Landing Platform Dock, are amphibious assault vessels. Work on the latest ship will be performed at Avondale, near New Orleans, and in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed in 2011.

Seventh Bob Hope-Class Sealift Ship Departs For Sea Trials

The seventh and final Bob Hope-class Strategic Sealift ship, Benavidez (T-AKR 306), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, is underway in the Gulf of Mexico on predelivery sea trials. The 950-ft. cargo ship, built at Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, is undergoing at-sea testing of all equipment and systems, en route to Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., for additional dockside testing

UNO Team Garners First Place in Watercraft Competition

A University of New Orleans engineering team sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector recently piloted its solar-powered electric boat to a first-place finish in the sprint division of Solar Splash 2003. Solar Splash 2003, held this year in Buffalo, N.Y., is an intercollegiate engineering national competition that enables schools to obtain practical engineering experience through the design, fabrication and racing of solar-powered watercraft.

Northrop Grumman Delivers Another Sealift Ship

USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), the sixth of seven Bob Hope-class strategic sealift ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was delivered to the U.S. Navy at the company's Avondale Operations in New Orleans. Participating in the delivery were representatives of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, New Orleans, and Ship Systems officials.

Final Bob Hope-Class Sealift Ship Delivered

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector delivered USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306) to the U.S. Navy on September 10, 2003, successfully completing nearly a decade of construction of the Bob Hope-class ships. Benavidez is the final ship of seven of these LMSR (large, medium-speed, roll-on, roll-off) vessels built by Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. The ship conducted successful sea trials this summer and recorded an excellent rating by the Navy.

Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F

Bollinger Shipyard Stalwart VP Dave Marmillion to Retire

Dave Marmillion: Photo Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. headquartered in Lockport, La., inform of the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Repair, Eastern Division, Dave Marmillion, after 46 years in the shipyard industry. Marmillion’s retirement was announced by Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer

HII, Kinder Morgan Not to Pursue Avondale Joint Venture

Huntington Ingalls Industries and Kinder Morgan Inc. decide not to pursue joint venture on Avondale redevelopment   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced it has completed discussions with Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) to explore the redevelopment of HII's Avondale shipyard in Louisiana

Avondale Shipyard for Sale

Image: Mimi-gallery

 Local media quote Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  as announcing this week the Avondale Shipyard, just upriver from New Orleans, is being sold.   The historic, 206-acre facility is on the market after a tumultuous last five years that have included layoffs and threats to

USS Anchorage Maiden Voyage Panama Canal Transit

USS Anchorage in Panama Canal: Photo credit USN

Amphibious ship 'USS Anchorage' (LPD 23) transits the Panama Canal while in 4th Fleet's area of operations for the first time. USS Anchorage departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30, 2012 to sail to her future homeport of San Diego.

New US Warship 'Anchorage' Homeports for Thanksgiving Day

PCU Anchorage: Photo credit USN

The amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'Anchorage' (LPD 23) arrives at her new homeport of San Diego. Anchorage, under the command of Capt. Brian Quin, departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30 to sail to its new home port.

Ingalls Shipbuilding: Gulf Coast Santa to Needy

Christmas Food Donations: Photo credit HII

Ingalls Shipbuilding brings holiday cheer to communities through employee donations and $15,000 to local food banks. Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division and its employees have participated in holiday giving throughout all of the communities on the Gulf Coast

HHI Opens Houston Office

Huntington Ingalls Industries Opens Houston Office to Pursue Energy Business for Avondale Subsidiary.   Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that it is opening an office in Houston, Texas, for business development efforts to pursue opportunities in the energy

Where Else but Anchorage for Navy LPD Commissioning?

USS Anchorage: Photo credit USN

The Navy is to commission amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Anchorage' in namesake port city of Anchorage, Alaska, 4, May 2013. Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will deliver the ceremony's keynote address. Annette Conway, wife of retired Gen. James T

Ingalls Appoints Mathieu as VP and GM of Avondale

René Mathieu

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that René Mathieu has been named vice president and general manager, Avondale Industries Inc., effective May 20. He is responsible for all non-Navy aspects of HII's energy infrastructure business in Avondale, La

Ingalls-Built 'Somerset' (LPD 25) Passes Navy Acceptance Trials

LPD 25: Image courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that the amphibious transport dock 'Somerset' (LPD 25) has returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea

Somerset Embarks for Commissioning

Sailors on board Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset bring in all lines during sea and anchor detail on Somersets maiden voyage. (U.S. Navy photo by Elena Pence)

The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset, (LPD 25) departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La., Feb. 3, beginning its maiden voyage to its commissioning site in Philadelphia, March 1.

Coast Guard, Navy Partner for Helicopter Training

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the Navy’s newest warship The U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship and U.S. Coast Guard medium range recovery helicopters trained together in several ship and helicopter exercises Wednesday, Feb

Huntington Ingalls to Explore Opportunities for Avondale Redevelopment

 Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today it will conduct a study with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:KMP) to explore redeveloping Huntington Ingalls Industries' Avondale shipyard in Louisiana.   Since the July 2010 announcement to close Avondale

Bollinger Hires Remont as Program Management Director

Chris Remont (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards announced that Chris Remont has joined the company as Director of Program Management.  Remont will oversee all aspects of Program Management for Bollinger Shipyard’s Lockport new construction facility, with an emphasis on the present U.S

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