Photo Release -- Minnesota Crew and Sponsor Share in Submarine's First Meal Milestone

Photo Release -- Minnesota Crew and Sponsor Share in Submarine's First Meal

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) welcomed the crew of the newest Virginia-class
submarine, Minnesota (SSN 783), today as it moved aboard and enjoyed its first
meal in the ship's galley. Sharing in the celebration were Ellen Roughead, the
ship's sponsor, and her husband, former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary
Roughead, who dined together with about 120 crew members in the ship's crew's

Minnesota First Meal
 Ellen Roughead, sponsor of the
 submarine Minnesota (SSN 783), and
 Cmdr. John Fancher, the ship's
 commanding officer, cut a ribbon to
 officially open the galley and
 celebrate the crew's first meal
 aboard the ship. Also pictured are
 Chief of the Boat Randy Reid (left) and
 Chief Culinary Specialist Vincent

A photo accompanying this release is available at

The submarine is in the final stages of construction and testing at HII's
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, but today was all about the
preparation of prime rib, shrimp scampi, rosemary roasted potatoes and Black
Forest cake, to name just a few of the menu items prepared.

"I would go anywhere for this crew," Ellen Roughead said. "They are terrific,
and it's fun to see all of the progress that has been made—and its enormous
progress. It's also my first time aboard."

Minnesota, the last of the block II Virginia-class submarines, is more than 96
percent complete and is on track to deliver in late spring. Construction began
in February 2008, and Minnesota was christened on Oct. 27, 2012. The
submarine's next significant construction milestone is initial sea trials, an
aggressive series of operational tests that demonstrate the submarine's

"This is an exciting step forward in bringing life to Minnesota," said NNS
Vice President of Submarines and Fleet Support Jim Hughes. "While there is
work yet to be done, we look forward to working even more closely with the
crew as they continue to take ownership of this magnificent vessel."

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 at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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