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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy


10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6


Ingalls Shipbuilding Visitor Control Center


Haley Reeves Barbour, former governor of Mississippi


Mike Petters, president and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries


Irwin F. Edenzon, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding


Dr. Mary Graham, president, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College


Bill Glenn, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (228) 327-1671


[email protected]

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) will officially open the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. The building will provide an epicenter for future training at Ingalls and will provide classrooms, training areas and shipbuilding labs for the 14 different crafts of Ingalls’ apprentice programs. Ingalls’ apprentice program involves comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum for students interested in shipbuilding careers.

Since 1952, the Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of the operational needs of Ingalls. Currently, more than 60 faculty and staff deliver 14 different programs and more than 120 course offerings that enable apprentices to gain not only the skills, knowledge and pride of workmanship, but also the educational foundation and personal qualities needed to fully meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career. Today over 1,500 apprentice alumni fill approximately 50 different types of jobs at Ingalls, from pipe welders to senior executives.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

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. For more information, visit:

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Note: The six minute video that begins the ceremonial keel laying for Arkansas (SSN 800) includes copyrighted materials from HII/Newport News Shipbuilding and others.

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