It takes precision, skill and the highest level of craftsmanship to build the best military ships in the world. Every day, employees at Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding and all HII subsidiaries demonstrate an unwavering focus on safety, quality, cost and schedule. Hear from our employees how they do the hard stuff, and do it right.
Stories from Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding
Max Gianelloni is a retired Marine and Ship Design Manager for Arlington (LPD 24). He sees shipbuilding as a symphony with many parts. Watch the video
Kari Reed, an electrician working on Minnesota (SSN 783), says working on submarines "gets very compact, very fast." Watch the video
Jay Jenkins provides the tools and removes obstacles so employees can solve problems and build very complex composite structures. Watch the video
Wilbert Phillips, a welder working on the submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) at Newport News Shipbuilding, says his welds have to be firm, because subs have to be quiet. Watch the video
Joe Stewart has been a pipefitter for more than 20 years, a job he says, requires experience, hard work and "a little trig." He's currently working on America (LHA 6). Watch the video
Doug Boyd, a patternmaker at Newport News Shipbuilding, builds wooden patterns used in the casting of parts for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Watch the video
Lorrie Costello works for Propulsion Plant Nuclear Construction for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). She has to do her job right so the trades can do theirs. Watch the video
Krista Jackson is an Outside Machinist working on LHA 6 America. She's one of a few women who do the physically challenging and sometimes dirty job. Watch the video
As a shipwright, Rob Messick helps place the superlifts of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). It has to be done right with clearances less than 1/16 of an inch. Watch the video
G.L. Johnson is a lead electrician working on America (LHA 6). She teaches newer electricians the right way to install and pull wire. Watch the video
Kenneth Logan is an electrician working on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). It's challenging to teach apprentices to work in tight spots in all kinds of conditions. Watch the video
Ronald Carter, a shipbuilder at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is helping to build Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) -- the first ship in the newest class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
Steve LeBlanc, an alignment technician at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, uses a surveyor's theodolite to ensure the deckhouse for America (LHA 6) remains level during a lift. America is the first in a new class of large-deck amphibious assault ships being built for the U.S. Navy.