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02 Apr 2020

Hepburn and Sons Adds Senior Naval Talent

David Rice (Photo: Hepburn and Sons)

The Hepburn and Sons LLC team welcomed David Rice, CAPT David Bauer, USN (Ret), and Gary Loberg as their newest members. David Rice serves as Senior Consultant, Material Science. David Bauer will serve as the Senior Manager, Material Science. Gary Loberg serves as Senior Manager, Advisory Services.David Rice comes to Hepburn and Sons, LLC after a career spanning 45 years at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). During his time at NNS he served as the Manager of Contracted Research & Development and was responsible for Research & Development Programs funded by ONR/ManTech…

01 Apr 2020

US Shipyards Forge Ahead Through COVID-19

The 56-foot icebreaking tugboat being built by Blount Boats for N.Y. Power Authority (NYPA). (Photo: Blount Boats)

As the novel coronavirus and its impacts continue to spread across America, U.S. shipbuilders, by and large, continue to build. While most yards have been deemed essential to marine transportation and/or national security and have been able to maintain operations, the situation at and around every shipyard is different, and there are several builders across the country that have had to temporarily suspend activity. In either scenario, it’s far from business as usual for America’s…

23 Mar 2020

HII Promotes Jones, Fuller at its Newport News Shipbuilding

Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. Photo: HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced changes to its leadership team at its Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective March 13.Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. She has served as the acting vice president since January. Jones has more than 22 years of shipbuilding experience, including positions of increasing responsibility in operations, planning, manufacturing, nuclear support and corporate strategic planning.

24 Feb 2020

HII Celebrates the Centennial Graduating Class

Former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers the commencement address that commemorated the centennial graduating class of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding, Feb. 22, 2020. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 145 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony, held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, commemorated the school’s centennial graduating class.“Graduates of the 100th class of the Apprentice School, you know what it takes to do this amazing and important and difficult work,” said retired Adm. John Richardson, the former chief of naval operations, who delivered the commencement address.

12 Feb 2020

Titan Acquires HII's San Diego Shipyard

(U.S. Navy photo by Adam Ross)

One the United States' largest fleet service and ship repair sites is changing hands.Ship repair and commercial- and defense-related fabrication services provider Titan Acquisition Holdings announced on Wednesday it has reached a deal to acquire San Diego Shipyard from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction, expected to close in the second quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions.The San Diego Shipyard, formerly Continental Maritime of San Diego…

17 Dec 2019

Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Launched

Tugboats move the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Dock Dry 12 to Pier 3, where the ship will undergo final completion and outfitting before planned delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2022. (Photo: Matt Hildreth/HII)

The U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was launched Monday at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia.Following the launch, the Ford Class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), was guided with help from six tugboats down the James River about a mile from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Dry Dock 12, where it has been under construction, to the shipyard’s Pier 3. There, the ship will undergo additional outfitting and begin…

11 Dec 2019

Verizon Lights Up U.S' First 5G Shipyard

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Newport News, VA.HII is America's largest military shipbuilding company and its Newport News Shipbuilding division turned to Verizon to explore how 5G can enhance the shipbuilding process as part of their digital transformation."We are excited to partner with Verizon on our digital journey and be one of the first complex manufacturing businesses in the US to have 5G on-site," said Bharat Amin, executive vice president and CIO of Huntington Ingalls.

11 Dec 2019

Amin to Spearhead HII Digital Strategy

Bharat Amin (Photo: HII)

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Wednesday that Bharat Amin has been named executive vice president and chief information officer.In this newly created position, Amin will be responsible for establishing the company’s information technology (IT) and digital strategic direction with a focus on cyber security capabilities through engagement with HII’s executive and division leadership teams. In collaboration with the business units, Amin will lead corporate IT governance and provide functional oversight.

09 Dec 2019

Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Christened

More than 20,000 guests attended the christening ceremony of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: Ben Scott/HII)

The U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) was christened Saturday during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division.The second aircraft carrier in the Ford Class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is also the second aircraft carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding named for JFK. Like its forerunner CVN 78, Kennedy is a truly electric aircraft carrier, with many of the systems powered by steam on Nimitz-class carriers now powered by electricity.

22 Nov 2019

Navy Contract: $136m to HII

USS Columbus (SSN-762) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $136 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-4301 to continue performance of the repair, maintenance, upgrades and modernization efforts on the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) Engineered Overhaul. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be complete by November 2020.Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance…

28 Oct 2019

NNS Delivers Virginia-Class Submarine to U.S. Navy

Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division on Friday delivered the newest fast-attack submarine to the U.S. Navy.Delaware (SSN 791), which successfully completed sea trials earlier this month, is the ninth Virginia-class submarine to be delivered by Newport News and the 18th built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat.The submarine is the second ship to be named for the country’s first state, the first being the dreadnought battleship USS Delaware (BB 28)…

14 Oct 2019

HII Employees Honored at SASE

SASE 2019 Award Recipients (Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that employees from its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions received awards during the 2019 Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) National Conference and STEM Career Fair. The conference, the largest for Asian Americans in the United States, was held Oct. 10-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.Marie Lawson, an engineer at Newport News, and Scott Chin, an engineer at Ingalls, received Professional Achievement awards.

26 Sep 2019

Secretary of Defense Esper Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) greets Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during his first visit to the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) has announced that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper visited the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). This was Esper’s first visit to the shipyard since he was sworn in to lead the U.S. Department of Defense in July.Esper toured Ford to see the progress being made during the ship’s post-shakedown availability and to learn more about its weapons-handling innovations and increased warfighting capabilities.“Our shipbuilders play a vital role in building our Navy’s future fleet…

04 Sep 2019

MN100: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding

The company held a ceremony to mark the day – July 1, 1919 – when the school was established. During the event, a historical highway marker was unveiled, and tools, textbooks, commemorative coins and other items were placed in a time capsule. (CREDIT: The Apprentice School)

The Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division celebrated its 100-year anniversary just last month. That's worthy of inclusion in this year's MN100 list, for more than one reason. Certainly, this fine school deserves to be mentioned among our very best 100 organizations for this year. That 100-year anniversary is bigger news than you might otherwise think. Accordingly, the company held a ceremony to mark the day – July 1, 1919 – when the school was established.

03 Sep 2019

HII Completes Initial Sea Trials of Virginia-Class Submarine

The Delaware SSN 791: The submarine Delaware returns to the Newport News Shipbuilding division following its first set of sea trials with three HII-built aircraft carriers visible in the distance at Norfolk Naval Station. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Delaware (SSN 791).The submarine, in the final stages of construction, spent three days at sea proving all of its systems, components and compartments. Delaware submerged for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater.“Delaware performed well during sea trials, which is a testament…

14 Aug 2019

HII Announces Leadership Changes At Shipyards

Premo Sabbatini, vice president of central planning and process excellence at Ingalls Shipbuilding (Image Credit: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today leadership changes at its Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding divisions.Premo Sabbatini has been promoted to vice president of central planning and process excellence at Ingalls Shipbuilding. He succeeds Rick Spaulding, who has accepted a position as vice president of business process standardization at Newport News Shipbuilding.Sabbatini will transition from Ingalls’ amphibious assault ship (LHA) program, where he is the program manager, later this year.

08 Aug 2019

HII Announces Leadership Changes

Damon Saetre (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced leadership changes for its Newport News Shipbuilding division.Damon Saetre has been promoted to vice president of integrated planning and production control. In this role, he oversees all direct planning, supply chain planning and production control functions across the organization. This includes leading the Navy program work plans, as well as workforce and capacity planning.Saetre, who assumed his new role this week and reports to Newport News President Jennifer Boykin…

02 Aug 2019

HII Bags USS John C. Stennis Overhaul Gig

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding is planning for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. Navy photo

The US Navy Navy has earmarked $290 million for the second and third year of a major overhaul of the John C. Stennis aircraft (CVN 74) carrier, the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced.Under the contract, HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division will plan for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier, said America’s largest military shipbuilding company.As part of the planning contract, Newport News also will perform some shipboard work, which will take place in Norfolk.

01 Aug 2019

HHI Reports Q2 Results

Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) reported second quarter 2019 revenues of $2.2 billion, up 8.3% from the second quarter of 2018. The increase was driven primarily by growth at HII’s Technical Solutions division from recent acquisitions and higher volume at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.Operating income in the quarter was $175 million and operating margin was 8.0%, compared to $257 million and 12.7%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2018. The decreases in operating income and operating margin were mainly the result of lower segment operating income…

29 Jul 2019

NSRP Names ECB Officers

Don Hamadyk, Director, Research and Development at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has announced the election of new officers to its Executive Control Board (ECB).Don Hamadyk, Director, Research and Development at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division in Newport News, VA, has been elected as ECB chairman for a two-year term. Don earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology.Don succeeds Tim Glinatsis, Vice President, Engineering at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME.

12 Jul 2019

Video: HII Finishes CVN-79 Flight Deck

The 780-ton upper bow unit was lowered into the dry dock on Wednesday and placed on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division lifted the upper bow section onto one of the new aircraft carrier being built for the U.S. Navy, signalling the completion of the ship's flight deck.The addition of the upper bow section is one of the last steel structural units, known as a superlift, to be placed on the newbuiild, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Weighing 780 tons, the superlift took 18 months to build. It was constructed using digital technology, such…

23 May 2019

Columbia Class Subs Take Shape in Virginia

A plasma-burning machine cuts the first steel plate that will be used to build the ballistic missile submarine Columbia (SSBN 826). Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

A plasma-burning machine cut the first steel plate that will be used to build Columbia (SSBN 826), the lead ballistic missile submarine. As Newport News continues its digital transformation, the event also marked the first class of submarines that will be built using fully digital blueprints.“Today is a historic day,” said Jason Ward, Newport News’ vice president for Columbia-class construction. “It has been a half century since Newport News Shipbuilding has constructed a ballistic submarine.

05 May 2019

Award for HII's Digital Shipbuilding Transformation

Pic: Huntington Ingalls Industries

America's largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has been named a recipient of a 2019 CIO 100 Award for adopting business-aligned IT strategies during its integration of modern technologies into shipbuilding.The ongoing initiative, known as Integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), is transforming the way ships are being designed and built, said a press release form the Fortune 500 shipbuilding company.The annual awards program…

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