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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Newport News Shipbuilding

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​21 Graduate from Webb Institute

On Saturday June 22, 2019, Webb Institute awarded 21 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 123rd Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.Webb’s Commencement Ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from Webb’s President R. Keith Michel, a Webb graduate from the Class of 1973, and keynote speaker, Angela Chao. Ms. Chao is Chairperson and C.E.O.

Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, delivers commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

HII: 157 Apprentice School Graduates

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday, March 2, 2019, for 157 graduates of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The apprenticeship is a rigorous four- to eight-year program designed to develop the next generation of shipyard leaders. The Apprentice School, which first opened in 1919 with 126 apprentices, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. Over the last 100 years, the school has produced more than 10,800 graduates.“To casually say that you build ships falls woefully short of how you serve the United States of America…

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HII to Build Two Carriers for US Navy

The United States Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, the first of its kind since the 1980s.A notification from the office of the navy chief of information said that the contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS).The contract modification is worth $14.9 billion to cover remaining ship design and construction costs of CVNs…

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Newport News Shipbuilding Dedicates Habitat for Humanity Home

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday for a new home company volunteers built in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. The company also broke ground on its 17th joint project.Newport News joined elected officials and community leaders in welcoming Salima Kabwe and her three children to their new home in the city’s southeast community. The three-bedroom house is the 16th…

Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history. Photo: HII/NNS

One-on-One with Suzanne Beckstoffer

One-on-one with Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history.As the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, it will celebrate another historical milestone at the start of 2019 when Suzanne M. Beckstoffer takes the helm of SNAME as president, the first woman to hold this position in the association’s history. We met recently with Beckstoffer to discuss her distinguished shipbuilding career…

Xavier Beale. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Xavier Beale New VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries  announced  the promotion of Xavier Beale to vice president of trades at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Ray Bagley, a master shipbuilder who retired in July after more than 43 years of service.In this role, Beale, who most recently served as director of human resources operations, will be responsible for production trades, trades management, trades administration and The Apprentice School. He will report directly to Matt Needy…

Bryan Caccavale has been promoted to vice president of strategic sourcing for HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. (CREDIT: HII)

HII Names Caccavale As VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Bryan Caccavale has been promoted to vice president of strategic sourcing for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He assumed his new role this week and reports to the shipyard’s president, Jennifer Boykin. Caccavale joined Newport News in 2002 and has held leadership positions in contracts and pricing and business management. He also served as director of business management for aircraft carrier construction, overhaul and inactivation, where he supported the CVN 80 and 81 multi-ship procurement strategy.

Jon Arena Photo HII

Arena Named VP at Shipbuilder

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Jon Arena has been named vice president and chief counsel of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Jim Gildea, who retired on April 1. Arena will be a key member of the law department’s leadership team, reporting directly to Kellye Walker, executive vice president and chief legal officer, and indirectly to Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. In this role, he will be responsible for providing…

Matt Mulherin (center) accepts the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from Alan Kaplan (left), national president of the Navy League of the United States, and Dr. J.P. “Jack” London, executive chairman and chairman of the board of CACI International Inc., on Monday afternoon in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

Mulherin Receives the Nimitz Award

Matt Mulherin, former executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, was recognized by the United States Navy League today as a 2018 recipient of its annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award. This award honors an industry leader who has demonstrated the leadership, statesmanship and dedication to the nation that were exhibited by the award’s namesake. Mulherin, who retired from the company in July 2017 after a distinguished 36-year career…

Latitia McCane (HII photo)

McCane Named Director at Newport News’ Apprentice School

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Latitia D. McCane has been named director of education for The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding.McCane is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and strategic direction of craft training, academic delivery, student services, accreditation and recruitment for the school that provides four-to eight-year apprentice programs for approximately 800 students. She will report to Ray Bagley, Newport News’ vice president of trades operations.Since 2007…

Christie Thomas. Photo supplied by Huntington Ingalls Industries

Christie Thomas New Vice President at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Christie Thomas has been promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Christie Thomas,  vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilder HII Names Thomas VP Pricing, Contracts

Huntington Ingalls Industries said that Christie Thomas was promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Jeanne Callahan (Left) and David “Chip” Wasson. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Promotes Two Vice Presidents

America’s largest military shipbuilding company announced that Jeanne Callahan has been named corporate vice president, internal audit, and that David “Chip” Wasson has been named corporate vice president, corporate strategy. Both promotions are effective immediately, and both report to Chris Kastner, executive vice president, business management, and chief financial officer. Callahan has served as director, business management, contracts and government compliance, since HII formed in 2011.

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, gave the commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by John Whalen.

HII Graduates 184 Shipbuilders from Apprentice School

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 184 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony was held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, reminded the company’s newest shipbuilders during his commencement address that everything they have achieved and will continue to achieve makes a difference.

Susan Jacobs has been appointed vice president of human resources and administration at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. HII photo

Jacobs Appointed V.P. at Newport News Shipbuilding, HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Susan Jacobs has been appointed vice president of human resources and administration at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will assume her new role on Dec. 2. The position is currently held by Bill Bell, who is retiring after 34 years of service. “Bill’s wide-ranging experiences and leadership have made significant contributions to the human resources division and to our overall company,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin.

Jennifer Dunn (Photo: HII)

Newport News Names Dunn VP of Communications

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has promoted Jennifer Dunn to vice president, communications, effective immediately. She will report directly to HII Executive Vice President and Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and align all external communications with Jerri Dickseski, HII’s executive vice president, communications. Previously serving as director, communications, for Newport News, in this new role Dunn will continue leading the development and execution of the shipyard’s communications strategy to include special events…

Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named corporate vice president of customer affairs for HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Fox Named Newport News’ VP of Customer Affairs

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named corporate vice president of customer affairs for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Fox, who will succeed Vice Adm. Evan “Marty” Chanik (U.S. Navy, Ret.) upon Chanik’s October 1 retirement, will be responsible for all customer outreach for Newport News’ programs. He will be located in HII’s Washington, D.C., office and will report to Mitch Waldman, HII’s corporate vice president, government and customer relations. Fox graduated from the U.S.

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US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas. “As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy,” said Mabus. Virginia-class subs have enhanced stealth and surveillance capabilities. They can attack targets ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and engage in anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, mine delivery and minefield mapping.

Michael Lempke (Photo: HII)

Lempke to Lead Newport News’ Energy Programs

Michael Lempke has been appointed vice president of energy programs for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, succeeding Pete Diakun, who will retire at the end of the year after 31 years of service. Lempke, who will lead the shipyard’s energy programs strategy once he transitions into the new role, has more than two decades of experience in executive acquisition and operations for both government and industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of integrated strategic decision support for Systems, Planning and Analysis, Inc., in Alexandria.

The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ship's systems for an extended period of time. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan CarterReleased)

Ford Achieves Important Milestone

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its turn ship evolution June 11. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year. "Turning the ship is an opportunity for the crew to demonstrate for the first time all the procedures required to get the ship underway safely," said Commanding Officer Capt. Richard McCormack. This operation marks the first time Ford has moved from its pier since coming out of dry dock in November 2013. The ship's stern now faces the James River.

Jennifer Boykin (Photo: HII)

Newport News VP Named a Woman of Distinction

Jennifer Boykin, vice president of engineering and design for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, has received the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. “We are thrilled to celebrate Jennifer and her accomplishments in the STEM and engineering fields,” said Mary Kate Andris, president and CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads. “She has served as an outstanding role model for young women who want to pursue careers in engineering, therefore empowering women to believe they can succeed.

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Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard. Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple, simultaneous shipyard projects with budgets up to $1 billion, as well as responsibilities for more than 400 maritime professionals and production tradesmen including: Design, engineering, welding and pipefitting, electrical, painting, carpentry and more.

Ryan Norris (Photo: HII)

HII’s AMSEC Promotes Norris

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its AMSEC LLC subsidiary has promoted Ryan Norris to director of strategic planning and business development. In this capacity, Norris will be responsible for leading and executing AMSEC’s strategic planning, business development, capture, proposal and marketing activities in support of business growth. Norris will report directly to Harris Leonard, vice president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and president of AMSEC operations.

Rep. Conaway points at a simulated engine room during a demonstration of the Rapid Operational Virtual Reality tool that enables Newport News Shipbuilding construction teams to collaborate, consider improvements and trouble-shoot onsite during aircraft carrier construction. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Rep. Conaway Tours Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, for a tour of the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided an opportunity for Conaway to meet shipbuilders and see the progress being made across Newport News’ ship construction programs. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Conaway introduced legislation last fall to increase the number of operational U.S. Navy aircraft carriers mandated by law from 11 to 12. “I enjoyed touring the Newport News Shipbuilding division today,” Conaway said.

Dry Dock 1 at Newport News Shipbuilding is flooded prior to the official opening celebration of the shipyard's first dry dock on April 24, 1889.  The Puritan-class monitor USS Puritan waits beyond the dry dock’s gate to enter. (Photo: HII)

Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28. Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines, will celebrate the anniversary throughout 2016 with commemorative videos and employee publications. More than 100 local businesses, museums, schools and civic leaders provided congratulatory video messages that will be released each week throughout the year.

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SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States for years has quietly awaited rescue in Philadelphia. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. (now Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and designed by legendary  William Francis Gibbs (Gibbs & Cox, Inc.