Photo Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding's Gulfport Facility Reaches Important
PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division
achieved a significant milestone in the construction process of the composite
hangar that will be used on the U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided
missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). Recently, the shipbuilders at
the company's Gulfport, Miss., facility turned the inverted hangar to an
upright position, or ship-shape, which is an important and necessary feat in
the construction schedule of this component.
DDG 1001 Deckhouse
Ingalls Shipbuilding's Gulfport
facility recently turned the DDG 1001
hangar ship shape to allow final
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"We have a strict schedule we follow in the construction of the hangar, and
turning it ship-shape allows us to finish the necessary outfitting and
integration prior to delivery," said Ingalls' DDG 1000 Program Manager Steve
Sloan. "Our Gulfport shipbuilders are performing well on our DDG 1001 work,
and we have demonstrated a considerable improvement from the first set of
class products to the second set. The shipbuilders who specialize in composite
work are able to perform a significant amount of outfitting as the hangar is
constructed in an inverted position. The 216-ton, 68-foot wide structure is
currently 71 percent complete and will be fully outfitted and ready for
delivery at the end of September.
Ingalls Shipbuilding is building the hangar, peripheral vertical launch system
(PVLS) and composite deckhouse for DDG 1001. The PVLS is under construction at
the company's Pascagoula facility and is expected to be delivered at the end
of July. All major units have been stacked on the composite deckhouse, and it
is currently 57 percent complete. It is expected to be delivered in the first
quarter of 2014.
The Ingalls Composite Center of Excellence is 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 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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