Celebrating Five Years of Shaping Freedom with 130 Years of Experience

A Letter from President and CEO Mike Petters

Dear HII employees:

Congratulations! Today is the five-year anniversary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. While five years may not seem like a major milestone to some—especially compared to the 130- and 78-year legacies of our Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions, respectively—I believe it truly is a reason for celebration.

This anniversary is important because we did what we said we were going to do when we spun off.

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The Shape of Freedom

Proud of Our Accomplishments


“I am very proud of the senior management staff for pushing a vision that poised HII to become successful, with focus on the right areas to make improvements, both in products and in attitudes. I am also proud of all the employees that made it happen. Failure was not an option. HII is here to stay, and America needs it too.”Dale Humphrey, Ingalls Shipbuilding


“I am very proud of the company’s accomplishment with the Career Pathways Program. The ability to reach out and engage students, educators, community, industry partners and our own employees (volunteers) has been a rewarding experience. It’s wonderful to see how the program continues to grow, and the additional initiatives that have stemmed from its inception to support STEM growth, future shipbuilders and advocates for our company.”Jennifer McClain, Newport News Shipbuilding


“The greatest accomplishment of the last five years in my opinion is being part of Newport News Industrial breaking into the commercial nuclear market and expanding to the company we are now, and being considered Westinghouse Corporation’s premier fabricator for the commercial nuclear shield buildings that are being built at NNI.”Wayne Jackson, Newport News Industrial

HII Timeline

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March 31, 2011

nyse_stock375On March 31, 2011, HII, America’s largest military shipbuilder, separated from Northrop legend_rebornGrumman Corp. in a spinoff and began operating as a new, independent and publicly traded company.

(Left) Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., holds a ceremonial HII stock certificate on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Petters and other senior leaders representing HII visited the stock exchange to mark the company’s first day of trading.

Also pictured are Barbara A. Niland, HII’s former corporate vice president of business management and chief financial officer, and James Balducci, vice president and NYSE specialist with Spear, Leeds & Kellogg.

(Right) An ad announcing the launch of Huntington Ingalls Industries as a separate company.