HII Honors Master Shipbuilders Achieving 40 Years of Continuous Service

Ingalls 2024 Master Shipbuilders

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (May 31, 2024) — HII’s (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division recognized 42 shipbuilders who achieved the milestone of reaching 40 years of continuous service at the company. HII refers to this elite group whose careers span four decades supporting national defense as “master shipbuilders.”

“It is with great honor and gratitude that we congratulate these master shipbuilders for their remarkable careers and dedication to our mission,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “Each one of them have embodied the spirit of excellence and commitment that defines an Ingalls shipbuilder.”

During a special ceremony held May 30 at Ingalls, the master shipbuilders were honored for their dedicated work over the past four decades. The event celebrated their commitment, expertise, and their vital role in distinguishing Ingalls within the shipbuilding industry. A video tribute was featured during the ceremony showcasing their stories and highlighting a legacy built over the course of their careers at Ingalls.

Master shipbuilder James Kelly, who began his career as a boilermaker, shared his reflections on reaching this milestone saying, “I appreciate Ingalls giving me the opportunity to work for them and provide me with an honest living for the past 40 years. Being a master shipbuilder means I took the time to learn a lot and now I get to pass down my knowledge to the next generation of shipbuilders.”

Alice Stringfield, another distinguished master shipbuilder, spoke about encouraging individuals in the community to pursue a career at Ingalls saying, “I tell a lot of people, just apply and don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t a great place to work, because it is!”

Stringfield also commented on her life as a shipbuilder saying, “You can come here and live a great life, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding extends its congratulations and gratitude to this year’s Master Shipbuilders for their 40 years of exemplary service.

Cynthia BowlesTerry EzellSterling Landry IIIMike Pierce
Scott BrowderRay GandyGregory LeePam Rainey
Stuart BrownDavid GreenJamie Lemaitre Jr.Wendell Scarborough
Anthony Cannata Jr.John Gruitt Jr.Dale McCorveyMike Smith
Debbie ClarkDavid HillDanny McKinneyRonnie Stewart
Ralph CruthirdsJeff HintonCurley MontgomeryAlice Stringfield
Billy DavisDale HumphreyNick MyrickBobby Tanner
Tim DavisBrock IngramBuck OliverJames Tindle
Win DelanceyAaron KellyKerry O’NealRudy Torries
Bennie EdwardsQuincy KillenDarrell Osborne 
Greg EhlersTeddy KingDaniel Perez 


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