Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Wins "The Yard" Title With
Cardboard and Duct Tape
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Newport News Shipbuilding
(NNS) honored its longstanding reputation by building an award-winning boat,
this time made of cardboard instead of steel. NNS, a division of Huntington
Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), competed against other Hampton Roads shipyards
in FM 99's "The Yard" Ship Repair Competition on Saturday in Suffolk. With
this win, NNS earned the right to call itself "The Yard" of Hampton Roads.
The Yard Team
Newport News Shipbuilding's
"The Yard" team shows off its
award-winning boat that withstood 344
pounds before sinking. Photo by Dar
A photo accompanying this release is available at
Although most shipyards in Hampton Roads use thousands of tons of steel to
build massive ships, at "The Yard" competition shipbuilders had to use
creativity when given only cardboard, box cutters and duct tape. In just one
hour, shipbuilders had to construct a life-like vessel that could float and
even support additional weight. NNS' team decided to build Hull 282, Norfolk,
originally built by Newport News Shipbuilding in 1925. This vessel, once used
by the Navy to dredge out Subic Bay in the Philippines, is now immortalized in
its cardboard miniature.
Competitors' vessels were judged on three criteria: best resemblance to a
naval vessel, lowest amount of visible duct tape, and heaviest weight endured
for 10 seconds without sinking. The NNS team placed first in all three
categories and even scored bonus points for successfully adding additional
weight and a human to its ship. Overall, the NNS vessel held 344 pounds before
"There is not enough praise for how well this team performed during the
competition," said NNS team captain Stiles Bliss, an engineering technician in
NNS' test engineering department. "Every member went above and beyond to make
this endeavor a success. We put an awesome team together this year that
embodied what our shipyard is all about."
The boat-building competition was part of a community-wide event at the Hilton
Garden Inn Suffolk Conference Center. Competitors and their families enjoyed
foods, games and a raffle hosted by FM 99's Rumble in the Morning team.
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.
For more information about HII, visit:
*HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.com
*HII on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuntingtonIngallsIndustries
*HII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustries
CONTACT: Christie Miller
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