Photo Release -- Shipbuilders Participate in Events to Honor Gerald R. Ford

Photo Release -- Shipbuilders Participate in Events to Honor Gerald R. Ford

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shipbuilders representing
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
division participated in a series of events over the weekend commemorating
what would have been President Gerald R. Ford's 100^th birthday.

Ford Museum Model
 Representatives of Newport News
 Shipbuilding (NNS) unveiled a model of
 the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford
 (CVN 78) Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford
 Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. Pictured
 with the shipbuilders are Susan Ford
 Bales (right), the ship's sponsor
 and President Ford's daughter; and
 representatives of the ship's crew.
 Photo by Ricky Thompson

A photo accompanying this release is available at

NNS is building CVN 78, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy
named in honor of the 40^th President. The centennial events were held at the
Gerald R. Ford Museum in Ford's hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.

"We are proud to be building CVN 78—named for a man who embodied integrity,
honor and courage," NNS President Matt Mulherin said during a wreath-laying
ceremony on Sunday. "We are building his ship with the same pride, quality and
dedication that we have built ships with for more than a century. We take
great pride in this responsibility and feel a tremendous sense of ownership in
the role we play to build upon President Ford's legacy."

Shipbuilders participated in the ceremony, during which four wreaths were
laid—one on behalf of President Barack Obama, one on behalf of the Ford
family, one from NNS shipbuilders and one from the CVN 78 crew. Following the
ceremony, a CVN 78 model was unveiled inside the atrium of the Ford Museum.
Mulherin also presented an illustration of President Ford that is framed in
steel taken from his namesake ship. The illustration will be displayed
alongside the model in the museum.

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford will be christened Nov. 9. Susan Ford
Bales, the ship's sponsor and President Ford's daughter, will perform the
traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the
ship's bow during the ceremony.

"To all of my fellow shipbuilders, I am thinking about you—for your kindness,
your support and your friendship over the last several years," Ford Bales said
Sunday. "I have welded with you on the carrier. I have punched holes. I have
turned wrenches and gone up in the shipyard's crane. So to be called a
shipbuilder makes me prouder than you'll ever know."

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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