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PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) hosted Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division today. Spencer received his first tour of Ingalls since he was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy in August.

Spencer toured the shipyard facilities with HII President and CEO Mike Petters, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, Gov. Phil Bryant and Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-4th.

“Mike Petters and his team have done an amazing job of really bringing the art form of shipbuilding to a science,” Spencer said. “If the U.S. Navy has a heart, I would say the shipyards are the blood pumping through that heart. It’s on the shoulders of the U.S. Navy to make sure we keep these production lines hot and, therefore, efficient. Ingalls is an amazing shipyard in the size, depth and talent that’s here. The workforce is one of the key elements that makes it a critical part of the Navy infrastructure.”

“It was a pleasure touring the nation’s finest shipyard with Secretary Spencer,” Gov. Bryant said. “The workforce at Ingalls is building the nation’s most complex warships, and it’s important for Secretary Spencer and others in Washington to see first-hand the quality work done by these skilled shipbuilders in Mississippi.”

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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer (second from left) tours Ingalls Shipbuilding for the first time. Accompanying him are (left to right) Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.; Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding; Gov. Phil Bryant; and Mike Petters, president and CEO of HII. Photo Lance Davis/HII

Following his tour of the facilities, Spencer also toured the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) and the amphibious transport ship Portland (LPD 27).

“We appreciate Secretary Spencer taking the time to visit our shipyard and discussing the processes and skills our shipbuilders have in building quality ships for the Navy,” Cuccias said. “Everything we do is in partnership with our Navy customer, and it is a pleasure to be able to highlight the efforts of our workforce to Navy leadership.”

Spencer was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy on Aug. 3. A Connecticut native, he graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector.

“I’m honored to welcome the Secretary of the Navy to Ingalls Shipbuilding in South Mississippi today,” Rep. Palazzo said. “I’m glad that we have a Secretary who joins me in acknowledging the men and women here at Ingalls are the greatest shipbuilders on earth, who build the greatest warships on earth, for the greatest military on earth. I’m proud to work with leadership in Washington to uphold a commitment of restoring our military through increasing defense funding and restoring the cuts and budget shortfalls that have threatened our military readiness over the last eight years. A large part of this includes a call for more warships to support the mission of our men and women in the military that will be built right here in South Mississippi.”

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 Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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