PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Gen. Robert Neller, the 37th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, on Wednesday. Neller met with Ingalls leaders and toured the shipyard, including two amphibious warships currently under construction.
“We had a very informative tour with General Neller,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We were able to show him the important ships we’re building for the sailors and Marines, and he was also able to speak with some of our talented shipbuilders. Ingalls’ shipbuilders are patriots. When they come to work every day, it’s more than just a job for them.”
Neller received briefs on the four classes of military ships Ingalls is building for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and then toured the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) and the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27). He was able to meet craftsmen in various fabrication shops as he toured the shipyard.
“I believe amphibious ships are the most beautiful and capable ships the Navy has,” Neller said, “because they can do things across the range of military missions, such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, rescuing embassies as well as high-end combat. Ingalls is one of the principal manufacturers of capital ships in the United States, so what they do is critically important not just to the Marine Corps and the Navy, but to the entire Department of Defense.”
Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, visits with Ingalls Shipbuilding employees David Tillman (left) and Matt Park. Photo by Lance Davis/HII
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