PHOTO RELEASE--Huntington Ingalls Industries Hosts U.S. Sens. Kaine and Reed
at Newport News Shipbuilding
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed
(D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding
division. The visit provided the senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders
and see construction progress being made on all programs across the shipyard.
Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters and Newport News
Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin were joined by Adm. M.E. Ferguson, vice
chief of naval operations, the Hon. Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of
the Navy, and Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, program executive officer, aircraft
carriers, to accompany the senators during the visit.
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"These visits contribute toward a greater understanding of shipbuilding and
the challenges we face," Petters said. "Seeing the ships being built,
understanding the progress we are making, and meeting the shipbuilders who
daily give their all to this industry brings valuable context to the issues
our lawmakers face. We appreciate the time they have taken today and all of
the work they are doing on behalf of the shipbuilding industry and our
The senators toured the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and a
Virginia-class submarine construction facility. They also received progress
reports on the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)
and the refueling and complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
"Senator Reed and I are committed to providing budgetary certainty for our
nation's shipbuilding industry and the entire defense community, and I am so
grateful he was able to join me here today," said Kaine, who was elected to
the Senate in 2012 and serves as a member of the Armed Services Committee.
"Today's visit was also a reminder of the strategic importance of maintaining
an 11-carrier fleet. We've always known the long-term impacts of sequestration
would be a threat to the Department of Defense, the Navy and national
security—which is why I fought so aggressively last year to prevent sequester
from taking effect in the first place and supported a Senate budget that
replaced it entirely. And it's why I will continue to fight to reduce these
strategically unwise, across-the-board sequester cuts that could put our
national security at risk."
Reed, who was first elected to the Senate in 1997, is the second most senior
Democrat on the Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Seapower
Subcommittee. A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, Reed also serves
on the Appropriations Committee and is a member of both the Defense
subcommittee and the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs subcommittee.
"It is a pleasure to join Senator Kaine and the men and women of Huntington
Ingalls Industries here today," Reed said. "I want to thank these shipyard
workers. I know Senator Kaine takes great pride in both their craftsmanship
and their contributions to our national defense. We need to make smart
investments in our national security. Both Senator Kaine and I are committed
to working with our colleagues on a bipartisan basis to help keep America
strong militarily and economically."
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,
Huntington Ingalls Industries has built more ships in more ship classes than
any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. The company also provides a wide variety of
products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government
customers, including the Department of Energy. Employing more than 38,000 in
Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business
divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more
information about Huntington Ingalls Industries, visit:
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*HII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustries
CONTACT: Christie Miller
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