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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) today hosted Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Warner saw first-hand the progress being made on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and the new technologies being implemented to increase efficiencies in shipbuilding processes across the shipyard.

Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin and shipbuilders accompanied Warner on a tour that included a visit to an aircraft carrier construction facility and the main deck of John F. Kennedy, which is about 60 percent structurally complete.

The tour also included a stop at the shipyard’s digital shipbuilding mobile experience, a 53-foot trailer used for training and recruiting next-generation shipbuilders. Inside, the senator experienced how shipbuilders are learning to use digital tools to build Navy ships more efficiently.

“The investments being made in the facilities and new technologies at Newport News Shipbuilding are commendable,” Warner said. “This company understands that technology is a driving force in attracting and retaining tomorrow’s workforce, and its use is helping the shipyard make great strides in building aircraft carriers and submarines more efficiently. I look forward to sharing what I experienced today with my colleagues in Washington so that we can leverage the shipyard’s efforts and help the Navy grow the fleet.”

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Aaron Wikle (left), a foreman at Newport News Shipbuilding, demonstrates digital shipbuilding technology for Sen. Mark Warner inside a trailer the shipyard uses for training and recruiting next-generation shipbuilders. Also pictured (left to right) are Capt. Jason Lloyd, commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News; Tim Sweitzer, Newport News’s director of digital shipbuilding; and Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. Photo by John Whalen/HII

In his second Senate term, Warner serves on the Senate’s Finance, Banking, Budget and Rules committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the vice chairman. The former Virginia governor has been a strong advocate for Newport News Shipbuilding, including working to secure funding for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

“We are working hard to be a stronger business, a better Navy partner and an employer of choice,” Boykin said. “We enjoyed the opportunity to share some of our digital shipbuilding efforts with Senator Warner, who understands the power of innovation and the need to attract the brightest talent to Virginia. He has always been an important voice on our behalf, and his willingness to take the time to stay informed on our progress underscores his commitment to shipbuilding.”

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 Missions 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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