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MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 18, 2012 —

What:Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) will christen the 
 nation’s newest Virginia-class submarine, Minnesota (SSN 783),
 on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the company’s Newport News 
 Shipbuilding (NNS) division. Media are invited to attend the 
 ceremony as well as a media preview event Friday, Oct. 26, in 
 advance of the festivities. The preview event will provide an 
 opportunity to interview Minnesota shipbuilders and sailors, as
 well as ship’s sponsor Ellen Roughead, a Minnesota native and wife
 of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. 
 The christening ceremony is not open to the public. Invited guest
 include shipbuilders and their families; Minnesota sailors and the
 families; Roughead and her family; HII President and CEO Mike
 Petters and NNS President Matt Mulherin; and Navy and 
 government representatives. Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of
 naval nuclear propulsion, will serve as the keynote speaker. 
 Roughead, Petters and Mulherin will be available for interviews 
 following the ceremony. HII will provide a live, multi-camera
 satellite broadcast of the christening ceremony in its entirety.
 Coordinates are below.    
When:Media Preview DayChristening Ceremony  
 Friday, Oct. 26Saturday, Oct. 27   
 10 a.m. EDT10 a.m. EDT   
 Media check-in: 9:30 a.m.Media check-in: 9:15 a.m.  
Where:Media will park outside of the 60th Street gate in the parking lot
 east of the Welding School and be escorted and transported by bus
 to and from the site through the 60th Street gate (see directions 
 below). The event will be held inside the Module Outfitting 
 Facility (MOF). The bus will depart at 9:35 a.m. on Friday and
 9:20 a.m. on Saturday.    
RSVP:Confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP by noon
 on Wednesday, Oct. 24.You must present a photo ID and media
 credentials to be admitted. Please provide your name, Social 
 Security Number, date and place of birth when you RSVP to: 
 Christie Miller, Huntington Ingalls Industries 
 (757) 380-3581 
 [email protected] 

Please note that because this is an industrial setting, long pants and flat, sturdy shoes are required attire.

A webcast of the event will be provided at

events/hii-nns/121027/. A live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the event also will be provided. Satellite information is as follows:

Satellite: Galaxy 17

Transponder: Ku Digital 19-Lower (18 Mhz)

Downlink Frequency: 12071.0 Mhz

Downlink Polarity: Horizontal

FEC: 3/4

Symbol Rate: 13.235 Mbps


Date: Saturday, Oct. 27

Window Start: 0930 ET

Window End: 1130 ET

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. Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:

Danny Hernandez
Director of Public Affairs
(202) 580-9086
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Satellite: GALAXY 17 (91 degrees west)      

Transponder: Ku Digital 10 – Ch.C (9 Mhz)

Downlink Frequency: 11904.5 

Downlink Polarity: Vertical

FEC: 2/3

Symbol Rate: 7.5

DVBS2, 8PSK TRANSMISSION, 4:2:0, 1080i

Window: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 19

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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