PHOTO RELEASE–Huntington Ingalls Industries Hosts Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at Newport News Shipbuilding

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) today hosted Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Mabus toured the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and recognized more than 1,000 shipbuilders and sailors for their hard work on the construction and testing of the ship.

Mabus also discussed Navy and Marine Corps accomplishments over the past seven years, including the Navy’s work in innovation, energy, shipbuilding, personnel initiatives and partnerships.

“What the Navy gives America is presence—not at the right place at the right time, but all the time,” Mabus said. “Quantity is a quality all its own. These shipbuilders produce great American ships. With aircraft carriers, we get on station faster, stay there longer, and we bring everything we need.”

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Matt Mulherin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, and Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer, accompanied Mabus on the ship tour. Ford is 99 percent overall complete, and less than 10 percent of the overall testing program remains.