The Year in Photos 2013

The best images from 2013

January 14, 2013: The starboard side wing wall is lifted into place on the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha(LPD 26) at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS (Photo by Steve Blount)
January 14, 2013: The starboard side wing wall is lifted into place on the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha(LPD 26) at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS (Photo by Steve Blount)
January 21, 2013: The 200-ton forward deckhouse was lifted onto the U.S. Coast Guard's fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). (Photo by Lance Davis)
January 21, 2013: The 200-ton forward deckhouse was lifted onto the U.S. Coast Guard's fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). (Photo by Lance Davis)
January 26, 2013: the 555-metric-ton island of an aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is lifted onto the flight deck. Read the news release. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
January 26, 2013: the 555-metric-ton island of an aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is lifted onto the flight deck. Read the news release. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
February 4 , 2013:  The 168-ton aft deckhouse was landed on the fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753) in Pascagoula. (Photo by Steve Blount)
February 4 , 2013: The 168-ton aft deckhouse was landed on the fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753) in Pascagoula. (Photo by Steve Blount)
February 26, 2013: President Barack Obama visits Newport News Shipbuilding.
February 26, 2013: President Barack Obama visits Newport News Shipbuilding. "It's a great chance to see the incredible men and women who...are helping to keep America safe and are just the bedrock of this country's manufacturing base" (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
March 8, 2013: USS Arlington (LPD 24) is silhouetted as she leaves Ingalls Shipbuilding on her way to Norfolk where the ship was commissioned on April 6, 2013. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 8, 2013: USS Arlington (LPD 24) is silhouetted as she leaves Ingalls Shipbuilding on her way to Norfolk where the ship was commissioned on April 6, 2013. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 23, 2013: The hangar of Michael Monsoor (DDG1001) was rotated to ship-shape position at Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence. Read the news release. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 23, 2013: The hangar of Michael Monsoor (DDG1001) was rotated to ship-shape position at Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence. Read the news release. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 29, 2013: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) passes the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Lincoln arrives at Newport News Shipbuilding to begin the ship's mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), 3/28/2013. The Lincoln's RCOH will include refueling the ship's reactors, modernization work and major upgrades to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island. The Theodore Roosevelt is completing the final stages of it's RCOH. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
March 29, 2013: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) passes the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Lincoln arrives at Newport News Shipbuilding to begin the ship's mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), 3/28/2013. The Lincoln's RCOH will include refueling the ship's reactors, modernization work and major upgrades to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island. The Theodore Roosevelt is completing the final stages of it's RCOH. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
April 9, 2013: the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is completed with the addition of the 787-metric-ton upper bow. Read the news release. (Photo by John Whalen)
April 9, 2013: the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is completed with the addition of the 787-metric-ton upper bow. Read the news release. (Photo by John Whalen)
May 1, 2013: The landing platform dock Anchorage (LPD 23) arrives at the Port of Anchorage for her commissioning on May 4. (Photo by Lance Davis)
May 1, 2013: The landing platform dock Anchorage (LPD 23) arrives at the Port of Anchorage for her commissioning on May 4. (Photo by Lance Davis)
May 4, 2013: more than 1,100 runners and walkers pounded the pavement in the name of good health during Newport News Shipbuilding's sixth annual 5K Fun Run. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
May 4, 2013: more than 1,100 runners and walkers pounded the pavement in the name of good health during Newport News Shipbuilding's sixth annual 5K Fun Run. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
May 6, 2013: the Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) successfully completed alpha sea trials, the boat's first round of at-sea tests and evaluations. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 6, 2013: the Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) successfully completed alpha sea trials, the boat's first round of at-sea tests and evaluations. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 7, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The lift was the last of 162 superlifts. (Photo by John Whalen)
May 7, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The lift was the last of 162 superlifts. (Photo by John Whalen)
June 4, 2013: A blaster prepares a unit that will soon make its way to the John P. Murtha (LPD 26). (Photo by Lance Davis)
June 4, 2013: A blaster prepares a unit that will soon make its way to the John P. Murtha (LPD 26). (Photo by Lance Davis)
June 4, 2013: Avondale shipbuilders executed the lifts of two MK 46 30-mm cannons into place on Somerset (LPD 25) in record time. (Photo by Steve Blount)
June 4, 2013: Avondale shipbuilders executed the lifts of two MK 46 30-mm cannons into place on Somerset (LPD 25) in record time. (Photo by Steve Blount)
June 6, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding delivers Minnesota (SSN 783), the last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule.  (Photo by John Whalen)
June 6, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding delivers Minnesota (SSN 783), the last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. (Photo by John Whalen)
June 20, 2013: USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history, returns to Newport News Shipbuilding for her inactivation after more than 50 years of service. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
June 20, 2013: USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history, returns to Newport News Shipbuilding for her inactivation after more than 50 years of service. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
July 16, 2013: A propulsion shaft and bearing is lifted into place July 11, 2013, onto the future USS John Finn (DDG 113) while still in the Stacking Hall. (Photo by DDG Program Office)
July 16, 2013: A propulsion shaft and bearing is lifted into place July 11, 2013, onto the future USS John Finn (DDG 113) while still in the Stacking Hall. (Photo by DDG Program Office)
August 3, 2013: National Security Cutter Hamilton is translated from its construction are to the floating drydock at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Steve Blount)
August 3, 2013: National Security Cutter Hamilton is translated from its construction are to the floating drydock at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Steve Blount)
August 29, 2013: Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is redelivered to the U.S. Navy following successful sea trials after its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
August 29, 2013: Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is redelivered to the U.S. Navy following successful sea trials after its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
September 2013: Waves crash inside the well deck of Somerset (LPD 25) during the rapid deballast test on the ship's Navy acceptance trial. (Photo by Steve Blount)
September 2013: Waves crash inside the well deck of Somerset (LPD 25) during the rapid deballast test on the ship's Navy acceptance trial. (Photo by Steve Blount)
September 28, 2013: The second annual Ingalls 5K on the Casueway raised $10,000 for Special Olympics of South Mississippi. (Photo by Lance Davis)
September 28, 2013: The second annual Ingalls 5K on the Casueway raised $10,000 for Special Olympics of South Mississippi. (Photo by Lance Davis)
October 3, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding finishes installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers on aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), each propeller measuring 21 feet in diameter. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 3, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding finishes installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers on aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), each propeller measuring 21 feet in diameter. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 7, 2013: NSC 5 James takes shape with the landing of its bow unit at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS. (Photo by Steve Blount)
October 7, 2013: NSC 5 James takes shape with the landing of its bow unit at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS. (Photo by Steve Blount)
October 11, 2013: aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford's dry dock is flooded after Ahip's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales formally initiates the flooding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 11, 2013: aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford's dry dock is flooded after Ahip's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales formally initiates the flooding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 26, 2013: Linda Kapral Papp, sponsor of NSC 4 Hamilton, smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow at the ship's christening. (Photo by Steve Blount)
October 26, 2013: Linda Kapral Papp, sponsor of NSC 4 Hamilton, smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow at the ship's christening. (Photo by Steve Blount)
November 5, 2013: America (LHA 6) departs Ingalls Shipbuilding for builder's trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 5, 2013: America (LHA 6) departs Ingalls Shipbuilding for builder's trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 9, 2013: America's next-generation aircraft arrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
November 9, 2013: America's next-generation aircraft arrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
November 13, 2013: The upper bow lift of U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James brings the ship to 98 percent erected. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 13, 2013: The upper bow lift of U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James brings the ship to 98 percent erected. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 19, 2013: The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) takes its first voyage, traveling one mile down the James River to the shipyard's Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing. (Photo by John Whalen)
November 19, 2013: The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) takes its first voyage, traveling one mile down the James River to the shipyard's Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing. (Photo by John Whalen)
December 6, 2013: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding unveils a statue at the entrance to its new facility during the grand opening ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
December 6, 2013: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding unveils a statue at the entrance to its new facility during the grand opening ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
January 14, 2013: The starboard side wing wall is lifted into place on the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha(LPD 26) at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS (Photo by Steve Blount)
January 21, 2013: The 200-ton forward deckhouse was lifted onto the U.S. Coast Guard's fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). (Photo by Lance Davis)
January 26, 2013: the 555-metric-ton island of an aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is lifted onto the flight deck. Read the news release. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
February 4 , 2013:  The 168-ton aft deckhouse was landed on the fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753) in Pascagoula. (Photo by Steve Blount)
February 26, 2013: President Barack Obama visits Newport News Shipbuilding.
March 8, 2013: USS Arlington (LPD 24) is silhouetted as she leaves Ingalls Shipbuilding on her way to Norfolk where the ship was commissioned on April 6, 2013. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 23, 2013: The hangar of Michael Monsoor (DDG1001) was rotated to ship-shape position at Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence. Read the news release. (Photo by Steve Blount)
March 29, 2013: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) passes the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Lincoln arrives at Newport News Shipbuilding to begin the ship's mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), 3/28/2013. The Lincoln's RCOH will include refueling the ship's reactors, modernization work and major upgrades to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island. The Theodore Roosevelt is completing the final stages of it's RCOH. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
April 9, 2013: the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is completed with the addition of the 787-metric-ton upper bow. Read the news release. (Photo by John Whalen)
May 1, 2013: The landing platform dock Anchorage (LPD 23) arrives at the Port of Anchorage for her commissioning on May 4. (Photo by Lance Davis)
May 4, 2013: more than 1,100 runners and walkers pounded the pavement in the name of good health during Newport News Shipbuilding's sixth annual 5K Fun Run. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
May 6, 2013: the Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) successfully completed alpha sea trials, the boat's first round of at-sea tests and evaluations. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 7, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The lift was the last of 162 superlifts. (Photo by John Whalen)
June 4, 2013: A blaster prepares a unit that will soon make its way to the John P. Murtha (LPD 26). (Photo by Lance Davis)
June 4, 2013: Avondale shipbuilders executed the lifts of two MK 46 30-mm cannons into place on Somerset (LPD 25) in record time. (Photo by Steve Blount)
June 6, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding delivers Minnesota (SSN 783), the last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule.  (Photo by John Whalen)
June 20, 2013: USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history, returns to Newport News Shipbuilding for her inactivation after more than 50 years of service. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
July 16, 2013: A propulsion shaft and bearing is lifted into place July 11, 2013, onto the future USS John Finn (DDG 113) while still in the Stacking Hall. (Photo by DDG Program Office)
August 3, 2013: National Security Cutter Hamilton is translated from its construction are to the floating drydock at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Steve Blount)
August 29, 2013: Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is redelivered to the U.S. Navy following successful sea trials after its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
September 2013: Waves crash inside the well deck of Somerset (LPD 25) during the rapid deballast test on the ship's Navy acceptance trial. (Photo by Steve Blount)
September 28, 2013: The second annual Ingalls 5K on the Casueway raised $10,000 for Special Olympics of South Mississippi. (Photo by Lance Davis)
October 3, 2013: Newport News Shipbuilding finishes installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers on aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), each propeller measuring 21 feet in diameter. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 7, 2013: NSC 5 James takes shape with the landing of its bow unit at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS. (Photo by Steve Blount)
October 11, 2013: aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford's dry dock is flooded after Ahip's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales formally initiates the flooding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
October 26, 2013: Linda Kapral Papp, sponsor of NSC 4 Hamilton, smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow at the ship's christening. (Photo by Steve Blount)
November 5, 2013: America (LHA 6) departs Ingalls Shipbuilding for builder's trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 9, 2013: America's next-generation aircraft arrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
November 13, 2013: The upper bow lift of U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James brings the ship to 98 percent erected. (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 19, 2013: The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) takes its first voyage, traveling one mile down the James River to the shipyard's Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing. (Photo by John Whalen)
December 6, 2013: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding unveils a statue at the entrance to its new facility during the grand opening ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)

2013 was a banner year for Huntington Ingalls Industries and our divisions, Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding. We christened and launched ships, achieved construction milestones and celebrated events. Take a look back, through our best photos of the year.

A message from HII President and CEO Mike Petters

As the year comes to a close, HII President and CEO Mike Petters thanks employees for all of their great work in 2013. Read the video transcript.