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Huntington Ingalls Industries

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Attack submarine USS Montpelier

Attack submarine USS Montpelier

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy
Huntington Ingalls Industries builds military ships such as destroyers, submarines and Coast Guard cutters at shipyards in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California. Huntington Ingalls (HII) has two primary divisions – Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls has $6.7 billion in revenue and 38,000 employees. HII is the only aircraft builder, one of two nuclear-powered submarine builders and has built over 70% of the U.S. Navy’s warship fleet. Current ship programs under construction include:
  • Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carrier
  • Virginia class nuclear attack submarine
  • Arleigh Burke DDG-51 Aegis guided missile destroyers
  • DDG 1000 Zumwalt destroyer
  • LPD 17 San Antonio amphibious transport dock ships
  • LHA 6 America class amphibious assault ship
  • Coast Guard Legend National Security Cutters

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding has facilities in Mississippi, New Orleans, San Diego and Virginia covering over 1,000 acres and employing over 17,000 people. Ingalls recently completed two DDG 51 class guided missile destroyers – the Gravely and the William P. Lawrence. Two additional guided missile destroyers are under contract. Ingalls is building the deckhouse and hangers for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt destroyer.

All of the LPD 17 San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships is being built by Ingalls. These ships are 684 feet long and 105 feet wide and are used to transport Marines, landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles to land for an assault. The LPD 17 also carries helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing craft to further enhance force deployment. Five amphibious transport docks are currently under construction and five have been completed and delivered. LPD’s have a crew of 360 and carry 699 to 800 Marines.

LHA 6 America is a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship currently under construction. It has gas turbines, all electric auxiliaries, enhanced C4I capabilities and is optimized for aircraft with a large hanger deck, aviation maintenance facilities, storage for aviation parts and support equipment and increased capacity for aviation fuel storage.

Ingalls builds Coast Guard cutters and is currently building the National Security Cutter (NSC). Two cutters have been delivered out of a planned eight ships. The NSC is 418 feet long making it the largest Coast Guard cutter.

Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News Shipbuilding has built over 800 ships over the last 125 years. Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is the only company that builds and fuels nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and it also builds nuclear-powered submarines. NNS covers 550 acres in Newport News, Virginia and 19,000 employees. NNS is expanding their nuclear power business through operation of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River facility. The Newport News complex has the largest dry dock and crane in the Western Hemisphere.

NNS built the first Navy carrier in 1934 the USS Ranger and has since built 30 carriers. All Nimitz class nuclear powered carriers have been built by Newport News Shipbuilding. They are currently building the new Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers. These carriers are designed for faster aircraft sortie rates, better weapons movement, new nuclear power plant and electromagnetic catapults for the planes. CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford is currently under construction and to be completed in 2015. The second Ford class carrier just began construction. Newport News Shipbuilding is the only facility that can overhaul and refuel nuclear powered aircraft carriers, a process that takes four years to complete. NNS builds the Virginia class nuclear powered submarine which is 377 feet long and can go at speeds up to 25 knots underwater. It can stay submerged for up to three months at a time. Additional services include submarine overhaul, design and maintenance.

Become A Supplier

Huntington Ingalls purchases thousands of parts and services to build their complex ships. First step is to check out the Supply Chain procurement website after researching the company and its products. The website contains small business contacts, requirements for potential bidders and the Supplier Information Questionnaire. Complete the supplier registration form and questionnaire which will be reviewed by appropriate purchasing personnel. The website also contains a variety of additional information which would be good to review such as the ethics policy and supplier handbook.

Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding purchase millions of dollars’ worth of parts and services each year for their ships.

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