NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 17, 2022 — Global defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division joined elected officials and community leaders Thursday to dedicate the 19th house shipyard volunteers have constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg since 2002.

The ribbon-cutting welcomed Mickeia Hunter and her children — Cinque and Nehemiah — to their new home. Julia Jones, vice president of manufacturing and industrial manufacturing and systems engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, presented the house keys to Hunter.
“Whether you’re building a house or a ship, you need the right tools, processes and materials to get the job done,” Jones said. “While the outcome may be a little different, the builders’ dedication and pride is the same. It’s this same feeling that we celebrate in this new house and the promises it offers. Just like the crew of a ship, now it’s time for the Hunter family to take this house and make it a home.”

The three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home is in the city’s Southeast community, built on land donated by the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority. More than 100 shipbuilders contributed more than 600 volunteer hours to help with construction outside of their work shifts.

“Mickeia’s father is a retiree from the shipyard, so it was a special connection that volunteers from the shipyard partnered on this project. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. “We know the Hunters will be able to enjoy this home as family and create new memories for years to come.”

The Hunters will take ownership of the home after agreeing to pay back the no-interest mortgage on time. The payments will be cycled back into the community so more homes can be built for qualifying families.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a non-profit organization serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of Charles City, James City, New Kent and York. For more information, visit www.HabitatPGW.org.

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 27, 2022 — With HII-built aircraft carriers featured prominently in the movie release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the nation’s largest shipbuilder recognized the release as an opportunity to celebrate its workforce, their contribution to national security and the company’s growing technologies business. In Virginia, where HII is the state’s largest industrial employer, the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division invited shipbuilders to get an early screening of the movie.

“This team builds the most powerful and survivable ships in the world in support of national security,” said Danyelle Saunders, who leads the Newport News Shipbuilding Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Office. “We’re excited that the movie shines a light on their hard work, and showcases how these incredibly capable platforms function on behalf of the country.”

A total of 800 Newport News Shipbuilding shipbuilders across shifts were invited to get an early-screening of the movie after or before work on Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, before “Top Gun: Maverick” officially hit theaters. Additionally, 1,200 vouchers have been provided for additional shipbuilders to see the movie.

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Shipbuilders from HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division enjoy an early screening of the movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” as HII celebrates its workforce, their contribution to national security and the company’s growing technologies business.

“It’s great the company would do this, especially a pre-showing,” said Newport News Shipbuilding Engineering Technician Will Wiley, who attended the Thursday screening. “We play a huge role in building carriers, so it’s great to see something we were part of on the big screen.”

DeWolfe “Chip” Miller, corporate vice president of customer affairs for HII, contributed to the production of “Top Gun: Maverick” during his career in the Navy as the commander of Naval Air Forces.

“The aircraft carriers we build are the most technologically advanced in the world,” Miller said. “We deliver them to the U.S. Navy who man, train and equip sailors who breathe life into these magnificent machines and take them to sea. Together, we are an unstoppable team: shipbuilders and sailors. Our country needs that team now more than ever.”

As America recognizes the 100-year legacy of aircraft carriers this year, all U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers operating in the Navy fleet today were built at Newport News Shipbuilding, including USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) seen in “Top Gun: Maverick.”

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding and Mission Technologies divisions also initiated similar efforts to connect employees with the company’s mission through opportunities to receive tickets to see the movie while it is in theaters.

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information please visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 26, 2022 — Global defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that Brandi Smith has been named vice president of the Columbia-class program at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Smith will succeed Charles Southall, who will retire July 1 after more than 35 years of distinguished service.

The U.S. Navy has identified the Columbia class as its No. 1 acquisition priority. Twelve Columbia-class boats will replace the fleet of Ohio-class nuclear ballistic submarines and take over the role of the nation’s sea-based strategic deterrent; these submarines will provide the most survivable leg of the nation’s strategic triad.

Southall began his Newport News Shipbuilding career in 1986 as an engineering intern in the submarine program and has served in various roles of increasing responsibility. During his tenure as director of advanced submarine programs, he established the Columbia-class submarine program office. Southall also served as the division’s chief engineer and engineering vice president, responsible for leading engineering efforts across all Navy programs.

“Since the very beginning of his career, Charles has demonstrated deep commitment and ownership for every program, every assignment and every ship he has supported,” said Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. “His leadership and technical acumen have shaped the design and construction of our nuclear fleet for more than three decades, and his impact will endure for generations to come.”

On June 1, Smith will assume her new role leading company-wide management, leadership, cost, schedule and technical performance of the Columbia-class program. Smith will report to Matt Needy, vice president of Navy programs.

“Brandi’s experiences encompass a breadth of service on every ship class in our portfolio from ‘design-build’ through ‘in-service’ maintenance,” Boykin said. “Her academic, technical, industrial experience and proven leadership has uniquely prepared her for this role.”

Smith began her career at Newport News in 2002 as an engineer in the carrier overhaul program. She has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout her career, including interim director of construction engineering for the Ford class, engineering lead for Integrated Digital Shipbuilding, director of quality control responsible for all nuclear, non-nuclear, and non-destructive testing inspectors and most recently serves as Columbia-class construction program director.

She earned a mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA degree from The College of William and Mary.

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HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information please visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 23, 2022 — Global defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division plans to hire approximately 5,000 people this year to meet the shipbuilding needs of the Navy. The shipyard anticipates hiring nearly 21,000 people within the next decade as HII fulfills orders for U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines.

“We at NNS are driven to support the men and women in uniform, to serve the nation, by delivering great ships,” said Xavier Beale, vice president of Human Resources and Trades for Newport News Shipbuilding. “This is not just a job. It is a mission to serve national security, and we are committed to investing in our people so those who choose this mission can create a long and rewarding career.”

Newport News Shipbuilding intends to hire nearly 3,000 skilled trades in 2022, including entry-level positions and trainee fitters and welders.

Entry-level trade positions at Newport News can pay $21-plus per hour; no experience is required and training is provided. Candidates may be eligible for $500 sign-on bonuses and up to $1,500 for relocation. Newport News is also offering weekly paychecks, comprehensive benefits, an on-site health center and employee discounts.

For more information on all open positions and benefits, visit buildyourcareer.com.

Numerous hiring events in the Hampton Roads region are planned for this year. On May 12, Newport News participated in the New Horizons Good Life Solutions Career Selection Day, in which 22 local high school students were recognized for accepting positions with Newport News.

“We build great ships and great careers,” Beale said. “These students get their training from day one, accelerating both their career development and NNS’ performance.”

Additionally, 11 students were recognized for accepting apprenticeships with The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. Funded by HII to train and develop the next generation of shipbuilders, The Apprentice School offers four- to eight-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 19 trades and eight optional advanced programs, to include accredited undergraduate degrees in engineering.

Newport News is actively recruiting nationwide and is partnering with workforce agencies to offer opportunities and perks including sign-on bonuses and paid training.

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information please visit:

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Local high school students were recognized for accepting positions with HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division during the New Horizons Good Life Solutions Career Selection Day.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 22, 2022 — All-domain defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that Todd Corillo will join its corporate communications team as a manager of media relations May 9. He will serve as HII’s spokesperson for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and report to HII’s corporate director of public affairs.

“As a Norfolk television anchor, Todd brings a wide range of media relations talent and communication expertise to our corporate communications team,” said Brooke Hart, HII’s executive vice president of communications. “His content development experience, knowledge of digital platforms, and existing relationships with local media and the Navy, positions him well for success in this new role and will be of great value to the team as we continue to communicate the growth of HII, while maintaining our core of shipbuilding.”

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“Today we reflect on Richard M. McCool Jr.’s bravery and heroism in front of a ship that will carry another generation of brave sailors and Marines into missions defending our freedom.”

As spokesperson for Newport News Shipbuilding, Corillo will focus on facilitating themes and messages to support the division’s programs, people and capabilities, community relations engagements, respond to media queries from local and trade media and more.

Since 2012, Corillo has worked in Hampton Roads as a TV news anchor for WTKR News 3, where he also led military coverage. In that role, he took viewers inside defense operations across domains, highlighting the stories of military service members and those who support them.

Corillo holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and an MBA from ECPI University.

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information please visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 12, 2022) -- Global engineering and defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII) hosted commencement exercises today for 170 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The ceremony was held at Liberty Live Church in Hampton.

Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin began the event by addressing the graduates as the shipyard’s newest leaders. “I want you to know how proud I am of each of you for everything that you've accomplished,” Boykin said. “Today is just the next step towards your leadership role at Newport News Shipbuilding, and we and our country need you more than ever. As shipbuilders, we take on the truly unique honor of building vessels that protect our country and go into harm's way.”

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Chris Rose (Homer L. Ferguson Award Recipient) speaking during the 2022 Apprentice School Commencement ceremony held March 12, 2022.

The commencement address was delivered by Karen Henneberger, program manager for New Ship Design at Naval Reactors, a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy program. She told graduates at the heart of The Apprentice School and their development is craftsmanship, leadership and scholarship. During her address she offered a deep Naval Reactors’ perspective on each of these tenets as they relate to the graduates’ current responsibilities at Newport News Shipbuilding, and their impact beyond the shipyard gates.

Like Boykin, Henneberger, emphasized that the Navy needs shipbuilders.

Henneberger said, “We need shipbuilders more than ever. We need to find ways to put more ships to sea, to maintain our nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers in more efficient ways and to deploy innovative capabilities.”

Additionally she encouraged the graduates, “Think about safety in everything you do, your safety and the safety of your fellow shipbuilders … Think about quality, it matters. We need you to be an expert at your craft and not forget the tools of your craft as you move up the ladder. Model the high standard for first time quality that we need every shipyard worker to embrace.”

Henneberger also added a fourth tenet about relationships. Specifically, she highlighted the relationship between Naval Reactors and NNS, describing it as complex and as a regulator and a partner. She said, “It’s our responsibility to ensure the various facets of our program are meeting requirements. We lay out facts in an unemotional way to insist that members of our program root out problems and face facts brutally.”

Speaking next, and in Apprentice School tradition, was the apprentice receiving the Homer L. Ferguson Award, which recognizes the graduate with the highest honors. This year it was Christopher S. Rose, a deck electrician who began his career in 2017 at NNS. He has supported a variety of projects in the Virginia-class program, as well as the Nimitz-class and Ford-class programs, and is currently working on USS George Washington (CVN 73).

In his remarks to the graduates, Rose reflected on the first piece of advice he received on his first day at the shipyard, “always watch where you're stepping.” He shared that this seemed like basic advice at the time, however it has since become key in helping him frame his thoughts to overcome challenges.

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Chris Rose (Homer L. Ferguson Award Recipient) speaking during the 2022 Apprentice School Commencement ceremony held March 12, 2022.

“Always watch for your step, plan where you are going, and put the journey before the destination,” Rose said. “No matter what you're doing, the most important step is the next one. Once you know what you need to do, it’s just a matter of logistics.”

As the event closed, Boykin reminded the graduates what they heard at the ceremony. She said, “Your critical role in the defense of our nation cannot be understated. The Navy depends on us to deliver capable, reliable vessels that help keep our sailors safe. And I’m depending on you to bring your skill, your experience, your knowledge and your heart to every challenge that you face. So always do your absolute best. Never settle for good enough and always keep learning. If you do this, I know that our nation’s future will be safer and brighter.”

Replay coverage of the ceremony will be available at: https://nns.huntingtoningalls.com/graduation

The following is a profile of the graduating class:

- 50 completed an optional, advanced program, earning an associate or bachelor’s degree. The program includes coursework in subjects such as marine design, production planning, modeling and simulation, and marine engineering.

- 93 earned honors, a combination of academic and craft grades that determine overall performance.

- 8 completed the Advanced Shipyard Operations Program, allowing them to continue their postsecondary education, expand their experience in waterfront operations and develop leadership skills to improve the quality and efficiency of production, manufacturing and maintenance processes.

- 48 completed Frontline FAST, an accelerated skills training program for potential foremen.

- 24 inducted into The National Society of Leadership Success.

- 28 completed the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum and advance optional program with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

- 16 are military veterans or are currently serving in the armed services as reservists and guardsmen, representing every branch of the military.

- 8 earned athletic awards.

The Apprentice School accepts over 200 apprentices per year. The school offers four- to eight-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 19 trades and eight optional advanced programs. Apprentices work a 40-hour week and are paid for all work, including time spent in academic classes.

Through partnerships with Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University, The Apprentice School’s academic program provides the opportunity to earn associate degrees in business administration, engineering and engineering technology and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering.

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 9, 2022) -- Global engineering and defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that Xavier Beale has been appointed vice president of human resources and trades (HR&T) at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective April 1. Beale succeeds Susan Jacobs, who was appointed vice president, human resources and administration at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division.

In this new role at Newport News, Beale will oversee human resources administration, employment, labor relations and recruitment, plus retain responsibilities of his previous role as vice president of trades. He will continue reporting to Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding.

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Xavier Beale is vice president of trades at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. HII photo

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“As part of our transition plan, and because our 2022 priorities include hiring and retention, continuous learning and development, and training, we have an opportunity to streamline the ‘people organizations,’” Boykin said. “To support this effort, we are combining our human resources and administration and trades organizations.”

To support Beale in oversight of trades, Dave Horne was promoted to senior director of trades, reporting to Beale. Horne will oversee production trade execution and trades management, a critical role within the new HR&T organization given the complexity of the large backlog of work at Newport News and the demographics of its current workforce.

Horne has first-hand knowledge, perspective and experience to the position, having started his career in the trades. He also brings extensive knowledge of the nuclear standards and principles that Newport News is working to strengthen across the entire organization. Horne earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Christopher Newport University, a master’s degree in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology, and is a Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School graduate.

Beale, a second-generation shipbuilder, has served as vice president of trades since 2018 and before that, held positions of increasing responsibility within human resources over the past 18 years. Beale earned a bachelor’s degree in governmental administration from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree in human resources from Troy University.

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)--Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) today hosted Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, for a tour of the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided an opportunity for Conaway to meet shipbuilders and see the progress being made across Newport News’ ship construction programs.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Conaway introduced legislation last fall to increase the number of operational U.S. Navy aircraft carriers mandated by law from 11 to 12.

“I enjoyed touring the Newport News Shipbuilding division today,” Conaway said. “Great progress is being made, and the shipbuilders’ commitment to quality and cost-reduction is evident across all of the shipyard’s programs. With the gaps in carrier presence in the Persian Gulf and the increasing threat of our adversaries, these shipbuilders’ work couldn’t be more important. I plan to continue my efforts to increase the number of operational carriers in our fleet so that our Navy is able to meet its commitments at home and abroad.”

Conaway toured aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and experienced the Rapid Operational Virtual Reality tool that enables construction teams to collaborate, consider improvements and troubleshoot onsite. The congressman also received a construction update on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the Virginia-Class Submarine program, the refueling and complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the inactivation of USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

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Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, points at a simulated engine room during a demonstration of the Rapid Operational Virtual Reality tool that enables Newport News Shipbuilding construction teams to collaborate, consider improvements and trouble-shoot onsite during aircraft carrier construction. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

“It is clear that Congressman Conaway understands the importance of stability in our business and the capabilities of our aircraft carriers and submarines,” said Newport News President Matt Mulherin. “Today gave him the chance to meet the people behind our products and better understand the precision and complexity of their work. We appreciate Congressman Conaway’s continued support and his efforts to re-establish our nation’s defense as a top priority.”

In addition to his service on the House Armed Services Committee, Conaway serves on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and chairs the House Committee on Agriculture. He is serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives and represents Texas’ 11th congressional district.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Feb. 10, 2016) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division announced today that it has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which is nearing the end of its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).

Working with the U.S. Navy crew aboard Lincoln, Newport News shipbuilders are testing the steam catapult systems through a process called “no-load” testing, during which the overhauled components in the catapult systems are operated with steam for the first time.

“When an aircraft carrier undergoes its overhaul, we completely update and modernize the components in the ship’s catapult systems,” said Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. “Many of the components are tested at a land-based facility prior to being installed into the ship for final testing. It’s rewarding to see the hard work of the shipbuilders and the Navy culminate in ‘shooting’ the catapults with steam for the first time in over three years. The testing of the catapults is another signal that this great ship is coming back to life and will soon rejoin the fleet for another 25 years of service to our country.”​

Capt. Ronald Ravelo, the ship’s commanding officer, was on the flight deck and gave the signal to launch the first “no-load.” “To everyone involved in this huge and significant milestone, thank you,” Ravelo said. “The test reminds us that this is what aircraft carriers do: We launch aircraft to project combat power from the sea in support of our national interests.”

The testing involves shooting the catapults about 20 times with less than two minutes of recovery time between operations. Lincoln is in the final stages of testing all of its steam-powered systems.

Lincoln’s RCOH began in March 2013. The entire process takes about 44 months, during which Newport News shipbuilders complete more than 23 million man-hours of maintenance and modernization work. The ship is on track to redeliver in 2016.

RCOH is the mid-life refueling overhaul and maintenance availability of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that produces a recapitalized carrier capable of supporting current and future warfare doctrine. Once Lincoln’s RCOH is complete, the carrier will be equipped to operate in the U.S. Navy fleet for the second half of its 50-year expected service life.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Lauren Hamburg, an augmented reality engineer at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, was recognized as the “Star of Today” at the 2015 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) conference. The conference took place Nov. 11-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The SHPE Star of Today award recognizes mid-level engineers who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence and act as role models with a commitment to mentoring and community service.

Hamburg joined Newport News in 2009 and is currently a member of the company’s augmented reality team. Prior to this role, she performed radiological emergency planning support for the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan, and was a member of the test engineering department, responsible for integrating systems on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Hamburg has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New Mexico State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management from the George Washington University.

“Lauren has made many noteworthy accomplishments in her career so far and is a truly outstanding engineer,” said Patrick Ryan, an engineering manager at Newport News. “She has demonstrated the leadership, intelligence and integrity to accomplish anything, but what sets her apart to me is her enthusiasm. Her energy spills over into everyone she works with and everything she works on, whether it is a meticulous engineering study, leading a team to accomplish something never before done, or working with students on their dreams. When I think of what a Star of Today must be, I can think of nobody that shines as brightly as Lauren, and I congratulate her on this deserving award.”

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About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. 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. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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