Multimedia Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Completes Flight Deck on Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

Multimedia Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Completes Flight Deck on
Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the flight deck of the
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is complete following the
addition of the ship's upper bow section on April 9 at Newport News
Shipbuilding (NNS). The upper bow extends the overall length of the carrier to
its full size, which is 1,106 feet—equal to a 75-story building lying on its
side.

CVN 78 Upper Bow Lift
 The flight deck of the nuclear-powered
 aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN
 78) was completed April 9 with the
 addition of the upper bow. The bow
 weighs 787 metric tons and brings Ford
 to 96 percent structural completion.

A photo accompanying this releaseis available at
http://media.globenewswire.com/hii/mediagallery.html?pkgid=18117

Time-lapse video of the addition of the ship's upper bow section is available
accompanying this release at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=18119

Weighing 787 metric tons and comprising 19 steel sections, the addition of the
upper bow brings Ford to 96 percent structural completion. The carrier
construction team began construction on the upper bow unit in December 2011.
Ford has been under construction since November 2009.

"Placement of the upper bow gives our entire shipbuilding team a great sense
of accomplishment," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president, CVN 78 carrier
construction. "We have now structurally erected the flight deck to its full
length."

Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where
smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural
units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry
dock. The upper bow unit is the 475^th unit erected out of 496 used to build
the carrier. It also is the 160^th superlift to erect out of the 162
scheduled. It joins the lower bow section that was set into place on May 24,
2012, in the dry dock. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's
1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

Gerald R. Ford represents the next-generation class of aircraft carriers. The
first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island,
electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck
capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, growth margin for future
technologies and $4 billion reduced total ownership cost compared to a
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship is scheduled to launch later this
year.

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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CONTACT: Christie Miller
         Christine.miller@hii-co.com
         (757) 380-3581

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