Photo Release -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine Discusses Defense Budget Impacts
During Tour of Newport News Shipbuilding
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) today hosted U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for a tour of
the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The senator met with
shipbuilders to discuss potential defense budget cuts and learned how they
impact NNS' maintenance and construction work.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (center) speaks at
a press conference following a tour of
Huntington Ingalls Industries'
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
division. Also pictured are HII
President and CEO Mike Petters (left)
and NNS President Matt Mulherin
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"Compared to the sophistication and the quality of the work that is being done
here, the decisions that we have to make to get this budget in a better
process and to avoid ugly and non-strategic cuts—it's not hard," Kaine said
during a press conference following the tour.
HII President and CEO Mike Petters joined Kaine for the press conference held
in front of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), an aircraft carrier
undergoing its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Petters mentioned that
the current budget process has stalled the aircraft's overhaul and has delayed
the arrival of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which was scheduled to arrive
Feb. 14 for its RCOH.
"We need to move forward legislatively with the FY13 budget in some fashion
that allows us to start programs on time," Petters said. "All of this process
that we find ourselves in the middle of has kept Lincoln from coming in on
time. That's going to make the process of refueling that ship more expensive
for taxpayers than we originally planned, and Senator Kaine understands that
NNS President Matt Mulherin joined the senator on the shipyard tour, which
included visits in aircraft carrier and submarine construction facilities and
a tour of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which is currently
under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2015.
"Newport News Shipbuilding has already been negatively impacted by the recent
delay in aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln's refueling and complex overhaul,"
said Mulherin. "Senator Kaine saw first-hand today how hard we are working to
build these warships as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and
we're confident he is returning to Washington with a better understanding of
how difficult it will be to meet those efficiency objectives should a decision
be made that does not place top priority on our nation's defense."
Kaine was elected to the U.S. Senate this year and is a member of the Senate
Armed Services Committee. He served as the 70th governor of Virginia from 2006
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.
HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial
energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of
Energy. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and
California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and
Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information about HII, visit:
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