Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Employee Recognized as YWCA Woman of Distinction

Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Employee Recognized as YWCA Woman
of Distinction

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that a Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
employee was honored on Sept. 19 with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Stephanie Simmons, director of Navy Program Operations, was recognized in the
science and technology category at a ceremony at Christopher Newport

Stephanie Simmons
 Newport News Shipbuilding
 (NNS) employee Stephanie
 Simmons was honored on
 Sept. 19 with a YWCA Women
 of Distinction Award.

A photo accompanying this release is available at

In choosing the YWCA Women of Distinction Award recipients, a selection
committee takes into consideration the nominees' professional and civic
achievements, as well as how the nominees exemplify the values and mission of
the organization. The winner in the science and technology category has
achieved distinction in her field for scientific advancement.

"Through their mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA is
implementing initiatives that make a monumental difference in the lives of
many women; this in turn benefits the entire community," Simmons said. "I am
honored and blessed that my professional accomplishments and contributions to
the community have allowed me to be deemed worthy of a 2012 YWCA Women of
Distinction Award."

Simmons has both strategic and production responsibilities at NNS. The 28-year
shipyard veteran provides manufacturing support for the construction and
repair of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines and is responsible
for shipyard-wide strategic plans for labor resources, capital investments and
plant capacity. Simmons also oversees the shipyard's make-or-buy process and
directs production engineering cost- and time-savings initiatives and
simulation modeling process analyses. She has held various other management
positions at NNS, including in the supplier quality, purchasing, total quality
management, manufacturing, planning and programs divisions.

When she's not building ships, Simmons is actively involved in numerous
community and civic organizations, including serving as a board member for the
Professional Enhancement Series, which provides professional growth workshops
for a diverse group of self-motivated employees.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls
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