PHOTO RELEASE--Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner Reaches Pressure Hull Complete Milestone

PHOTO RELEASE--Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner Reaches Pressure Hull
Complete Milestone

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division hosted a visit by
former U.S. Sen. John Warner and ship's sponsor Jeanne Warner today to see the
steady progress being made on the Virginia-class fast attack submarine bearing
his name.

John Warner (SSN 785) has reached its "pressure hull complete" construction
milestone, which signifies that all of the submarine's hull sections are
joined to form a single, water-tight unit. John Warner will be the 12th
Virginia-class submarine and is the only Virginia-class submarine to bear the
name of a person.

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Before adding his signature to a banner signed by John Warner shipbuilders and
crew, Sen. Warner addressed a crowd of hundreds assembled in the shipyard's
Module Outfitting Facility. "Nothing is safer from the enemy to a greater
degree than this submarine," he said. "Take pride, you who are present today
and those in the yard who are working on other ships and the families that
support you. Take pride in understanding how you are preserving freedom for
our nation and for other nations for the future ahead in this ever more
dangerous world in which we live."

Pressure hull complete is the last major milestone before the submarine's
christening this summer. Construction began in April 2009 under a teaming
arrangement between Newport News and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The
submarine is about 80 percent complete and is slated for delivery to the Navy
in 2015.

"This is a proud moment for John Warner's shipbuilders, both here and in
Connecticut, and a significant milestone in the life of the submarine," said
Jim Hughes, Newport News' vice president, submarines and fleet support. "It's
a time when we can stop and reflect on all of the hard work that has gone into
this important vessel, and we are especially honored to have the opportunity
to share this achievement with the boat's namesake, Senator John Warner, and
his wife, Jeanne, who is the ship's sponsor."

Cmdr. Dan Caldwell, the pre-commissioning unit's commanding officer, and
members of the crew also joined the sub's namesake in celebrating the
construction milestone. "In less than 12 months," Caldwell said, "we will cast
off our mooring lines and head out to sea, where we will sound the klaxon and
descend into the environment that this ship was designed to dominate. That day
is much sooner than you may think and we need to be ready. We will be ready."

Huntington Ingalls Industries 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
more than 38,000 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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