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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 3, 2018)--Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) on Tuesday celebrated the first meal prepared in the galley of the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789).

The 142-member crew welcomed the ship’s sponsor, Diane Donald, the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, and a member of HII’s Board of Directors.

Mrs. Donald and the crew dined on French onion soup and shrimp cocktail. The main course consisted of New York strip steak, butterflied lobster with bacon-wrapped scallops, baked potatoes and broccoli. “It was a privilege to join the Indiana crew for the first meal,” Donald said. “Building a submarine is a long journey with a lot of hard work required from the entire team of shipbuilders and crew, and sometimes it’s hard to see the progress.

“Today, I could see and feel Indiana coming to life. I’m so proud of Team Indiana and look forward to getting ‘our ship’ to sea and to the fleet.”

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Culinary Specialist Kevin Vandinter (right) serves Logistics Specialist Alonzo Smallwood “surf ‘n’ turf” aboard the submarine Indiana. Photo by John Whalen/HII

The nuclear-powered fast attack submarine is in the final stages of construction at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The submarine's next significant construction milestone is initial sea trials.

“Of all of the milestones we celebrate in the construction of a submarine, the first meal is one of the most special because it symbolizes the first of what will be thousands of meals served to the crew during the ship’s operational life,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction.

Construction of Indiana began in 2012. The boat—the 16th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat—was christened in April 2017. Indiana is 98 percent complete and on schedule to be delivered to the U.S. Navy later this year.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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