Multimedia Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Composite Deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

Multimedia Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Composite Deckhouse for
Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

GULFPORT, Miss., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced that the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding
division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG
1000) to the U.S. Navy. The 900-ton deckhouse provides an advanced structure
to house the ship's bridge, radars, antennas and intake/exhaust systems and is
designed to provide a significantly smaller radar cross-section than any other
ship in today's fleet.

DDG 1000 Deckhouse Delivery
 Jonathan Graves (sitting, left) and
 John Fillmore (sitting, right) sign the
 DD 250 documents signifying the
 delivery of the Zumwalt (DDG 1000)
 deckhouse to the U.S. Navy. Graves is
 the DDG 1000 deputy program manager for
 Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP)
 Gulf Coast; Fillmore is the DDG 1000
 deckhouse program manager for Ingalls
 Shipbuilding. Also participating were
 (standing, left to right) Lt. Stephen
 Blevins, DDG 1000 program manager,
 SUPSHIP Gulf Coast; Capt. Steve
 Mitchell, commanding officer, SUPSHIP
 Gulf Coast; Capt. James Downey, DDG
 1000 program manager, PMS 500; Steve
 Sloan, DDG 1000 program manager,
 Ingalls Shipbuilding; and Donny Dorsey,
 director of operations for Ingalls'
 Gulfport facility.

A photo and video accompanying this release are available at

"This is a significant delivery in the history of Ingalls Shipbuilding," said
DDG 1000 Program Manager Steve Sloan. "Building composite ship structures
takes a very unique skill-set and work ethic, and the men and women in
Gulfport have done an outstanding job. This is one of the largest carbon
composite structures ever built, and we are delivering a fine product with the
utmost quality."

Ingalls is building the composite deckhouse and hangar for the DDG 1000 class
at the company's Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport. Made almost
exclusively using cored composite construction processes, the deckhouse and
hangar take full advantage of the properties of carbon fiber materials and
balsa wood cores. When cured, the composite structure is as strong as steel
but requires little maintenance and is very lightweight. These unique
attributes reduce maintenance cost over the life span of the ship due to its
corrosion resistance in the marine environment and allow for improved hull
stability, more payload and increased ship speeds. The Gulfport facility also
builds composite masts for the Navy's San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious

The deckhouse structure will be integrated to join the other eight of nine
"ultra units" making up DDG 1000. This is a process that is similar to the
integration process already used with the LPD masts. Steel base plates that
are bolted to the composite structure will be welded to the steel hull of DDG
1000. Ingalls delivered the composite hangar and the aft peripheral vertical
launch system units for DDG 1000 and has begun work on the composite
components for DDG 1001.

"We are incredibly proud of this deckhouse and all the hard work that has gone
into making it a reality for the Navy," said Jay Jenkins, site director for
Gulfport. "We started this project in January of 2009 and fought our way
through all the challenges with professionalism, dedication and commitment,
but we do hard things right, and this is proof of that fact."

The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy's next-generation
guided-missile destroyer, leading the way for a new generation of advanced,
multi-mission surface combat ships. The ships will feature a low radar
profile, an integrated power system and a total ship computing environment
infrastructure. Armed with an array of weapons, the Zumwalt-class destroyers
will provide offensive, distributed and precision fires in support of forces

Ingalls' Composite Center of Excellence is a world-class composite
manufacturing facility capable of building large-scale composite structures
for the marine industry. Specializing in vacuum-assisted resin transfer
molding for low-cost, large-scale component infusions, the Center of
Excellence has more than 18,000 square feet of flat panel molds. It is also
home to the world's largest numerically controlled five-axis saw capable of
sawing, drilling and milling very large composite components to highly
accurate tolerances. Located on 125 acres with access to water, rail and
highway transportation links, it has more than 322,000 square feet of
manufacturing space (5.6 football fields) with 253,000 square feet (4.5
football fields) that is environmentally controlled. It has the only U.S.
Department of Labor Composite Apprentice Program and is a certified OSHA
Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR Site.

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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