The Year in Photos 2015

Take a look back at 2015 through photos. We christened ships, laid keels, delivered ships and gave back to our communities.

January 20, 2015: Paul Bosarge, a burner specialist workleaderman at Ingalls Shipbuilding, initiates a cut of steel on the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). (Photo by Andrew Young)
January 20, 2015: Paul Bosarge, a burner specialist workleaderman at Ingalls Shipbuilding, initiates a cut of steel on the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). (Photo by Andrew Young)
February 18, 2015: A frozen bollard at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
February 18, 2015: A frozen bollard at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
March 2, 2015: Sara Ruggles is presented with a plaque commemorating the Apprentice Schools' 10,000th graduate. (Photo by John Whalen)
March 2, 2015: Sara Ruggles is presented with a plaque commemorating the Apprentice Schools' 10,000th graduate. (Photo by John Whalen)
March 21, 2015: Ship Sponsor Donna S. Murtha breaks a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the amphibious transport dock LPD 26, officially christening the ship John P. Murtha. (Photo by Lance Davis)
March 21, 2015: Ship Sponsor Donna S. Murtha breaks a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the amphibious transport dock LPD 26, officially christening the ship John P. Murtha. (Photo by Lance Davis)
March 28, 2015: The Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) is poised for launch. (Photo by Andrew Young)
March 28, 2015: The Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) is poised for launch. (Photo by Andrew Young)
March 2015: The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754), sailed the Gulf of Mexico for her successful builder's sea trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
March 2015: The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754), sailed the Gulf of Mexico for her successful builder's sea trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
April 16, 2015: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) units on the platen at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
April 16, 2015: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) units on the platen at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
April 24, 2015: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) propellers under Newport News Shipbuilding's 1,050-ton crane at Dry Dock 12. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
April 24, 2015: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) propellers under Newport News Shipbuilding's 1,050-ton crane at Dry Dock 12. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 23, 2015: The Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785) completed alpha sea trials. All systems, components and compartments were tested. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 23, 2015: The Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785) completed alpha sea trials. All systems, components and compartments were tested. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 2, 2015: Laura Stavridis smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the Ingalls-built Aegis destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). (Photo by Andrew Young)
May 2, 2015: Laura Stavridis smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the Ingalls-built Aegis destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). (Photo by Andrew Young)
May 18, 2015: Heather Johnson shows Diane Donald's welded initials to more than 500 guests at the Indiana keel-laying ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
May 18, 2015: Heather Johnson shows Diane Donald's welded initials to more than 500 guests at the Indiana keel-laying ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
June 5, 2015: The crew of National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) stand at attention on the ship's flight deck during the transfer of custody ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)
June 5, 2015: The crew of National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) stand at attention on the ship's flight deck during the transfer of custody ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)
June 5, 2015: For the first time, the next generation electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) launched a 15,000-lb. sled off the flight deck of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
June 5, 2015: For the first time, the next generation electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) launched a 15,000-lb. sled off the flight deck of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
July 6, 2015: Chloe Mallet (right), an ocean engineer at Undersea Solutions Group, prepares to crew and drive the Proteus dual-mode underwater vehicle with USG Vice President Ross Lindman (left). (Photo by Joe Colamaria)
July 6, 2015: Chloe Mallet (right), an ocean engineer at Undersea Solutions Group, prepares to crew and drive the Proteus dual-mode underwater vehicle with USG Vice President Ross Lindman (left). (Photo by Joe Colamaria)
July 14, 2015: The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Lance Davis)
July 14, 2015: The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Lance Davis)
July 16, 2015: Christopher Stephenson operates the JLG placing Navy deckhand James Taylor in position to paint the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) anchors gold. (Photo by John Whalen)
July 16, 2015: Christopher Stephenson operates the JLG placing Navy deckhand James Taylor in position to paint the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) anchors gold. (Photo by John Whalen)
July 21, 2015: Ima Black reacts after starting a plasma cutter machine at Ingalls Shipbuilding, officially beginning construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). (Photo by Andrew Young)
July 21, 2015: Ima Black reacts after starting a plasma cutter machine at Ingalls Shipbuilding, officially beginning construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). (Photo by Andrew Young)
July 21, 2015: The rains subside and a rainbow graces the loading of section one of the Virginia-class subamarine, Colorado (SSN 788). (Photo by John Whalen)
July 21, 2015: The rains subside and a rainbow graces the loading of section one of the Virginia-class subamarine, Colorado (SSN 788). (Photo by John Whalen)
July 23, 2015: The new HII Family Health Center at Newport News Shipbuilding is under construction. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
July 23, 2015: The new HII Family Health Center at Newport News Shipbuilding is under construction. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
August 3, 2015: (Left to right) Capt. John F. Meier, Susan Ford Bales and Rolf Bartschi cut a 7-foot-long cake during a ceremony commemorating the crew's move aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 3, 2015: (Left to right) Capt. John F. Meier, Susan Ford Bales and Rolf Bartschi cut a 7-foot-long cake during a ceremony commemorating the crew's move aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 18, 2015: Shipbuilders prepare a unit from the Virginia-class submarine South Dakota (SSN 790) to ship out. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 18, 2015: Shipbuilders prepare a unit from the Virginia-class submarine South Dakota (SSN 790) to ship out. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 22, 2015: Leon Walston displays the welded initials of Caroline Kennedy, the sponsor of the aircraft acrrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 22, 2015: Leon Walston displays the welded initials of Caroline Kennedy, the sponsor of the aircraft acrrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 23, 2015: The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy III, Congressman, 4th District of Massachusetts, signs the keel unit before the ceremony. His great uncle was President John F. Kennedy, CVN 79's namesake. (Photo by John Whalen)
August 23, 2015: The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy III, Congressman, 4th District of Massachusetts, signs the keel unit before the ceremony. His great uncle was President John F. Kennedy, CVN 79's namesake. (Photo by John Whalen)
August 22, 2015: Forty-five students representing various crafts graduated from Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. (Photo by Andrew Young)
August 22, 2015: Forty-five students representing various crafts graduated from Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. (Photo by Andrew Young)
September 12, 2015: Runners dash off the starting line at the annual 3rd annual Ingalls 5K on the Causeway, an event benefitting Special Olympics. (Photo by Michael Duhe)
September 12, 2015: Runners dash off the starting line at the annual 3rd annual Ingalls 5K on the Causeway, an event benefitting Special Olympics. (Photo by Michael Duhe)
September 12, 2015: The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch. (Photo by Lance Davis)
September 12, 2015: The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch. (Photo by Lance Davis)
September 28, 2015: HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award. (Photo by Jeff Malet)
September 28, 2015: HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award. (Photo by Jeff Malet)
October 5, 2015: Tugboats and buoy anchors are staged in Dry Dock 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin. (Photo by John Whalen)
October 5, 2015: Tugboats and buoy anchors are staged in Dry Dock 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin. (Photo by John Whalen)
October 14, 2015: Ship's namesake Paul Ignatius, left, and Ingalls hull superintendent Bill Jones - sketch their initials on the keel plate to be affixed to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). (Photo by Lance Davis)
October 14, 2015: Ship's namesake Paul Ignatius, left, and Ingalls hull superintendent Bill Jones - sketch their initials on the keel plate to be affixed to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). (Photo by Lance Davis)
October 17, 2015: More than 1,000 Newport News Shipbuilding employees, family and friends participated in the Hampton Roads Heart Walk. (Photo by John Whalen)
October 17, 2015: More than 1,000 Newport News Shipbuilding employees, family and friends participated in the Hampton Roads Heart Walk. (Photo by John Whalen)
November 14, 2015: Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755). (Photo by Lance Davis)
November 14, 2015: Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755). (Photo by Lance Davis)
December 12, 2015: The sun rises over Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) during the ship's launch at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)
December 12, 2015: The sun rises over Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) during the ship's launch at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)
January 20, 2015: Paul Bosarge, a burner specialist workleaderman at Ingalls Shipbuilding, initiates a cut of steel on the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). (Photo by Andrew Young)
February 18, 2015: A frozen bollard at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
March 2, 2015: Sara Ruggles is presented with a plaque commemorating the Apprentice Schools' 10,000th graduate. (Photo by John Whalen)
March 21, 2015: Ship Sponsor Donna S. Murtha breaks a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the amphibious transport dock LPD 26, officially christening the ship John P. Murtha. (Photo by Lance Davis)
March 28, 2015: The Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) is poised for launch. (Photo by Andrew Young)
March 2015: The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754), sailed the Gulf of Mexico for her successful builder's sea trials. (Photo by Lance Davis)
April 16, 2015: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) units on the platen at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
April 24, 2015: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) propellers under Newport News Shipbuilding's 1,050-ton crane at Dry Dock 12. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 23, 2015: The Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785) completed alpha sea trials. All systems, components and compartments were tested. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
May 2, 2015: Laura Stavridis smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the Ingalls-built Aegis destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). (Photo by Andrew Young)
May 18, 2015: Heather Johnson shows Diane Donald's welded initials to more than 500 guests at the Indiana keel-laying ceremony. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
June 5, 2015: The crew of National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) stand at attention on the ship's flight deck during the transfer of custody ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)
June 5, 2015: For the first time, the next generation electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) launched a 15,000-lb. sled off the flight deck of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
July 6, 2015: Chloe Mallet (right), an ocean engineer at Undersea Solutions Group, prepares to crew and drive the Proteus dual-mode underwater vehicle with USG Vice President Ross Lindman (left). (Photo by Joe Colamaria)
July 14, 2015: The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Lance Davis)
July 16, 2015: Christopher Stephenson operates the JLG placing Navy deckhand James Taylor in position to paint the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) anchors gold. (Photo by John Whalen)
July 21, 2015: Ima Black reacts after starting a plasma cutter machine at Ingalls Shipbuilding, officially beginning construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). (Photo by Andrew Young)
July 21, 2015: The rains subside and a rainbow graces the loading of section one of the Virginia-class subamarine, Colorado (SSN 788). (Photo by John Whalen)
July 23, 2015: The new HII Family Health Center at Newport News Shipbuilding is under construction. (Photo by Ricky Thompson)
August 3, 2015: (Left to right) Capt. John F. Meier, Susan Ford Bales and Rolf Bartschi cut a 7-foot-long cake during a ceremony commemorating the crew's move aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 18, 2015: Shipbuilders prepare a unit from the Virginia-class submarine South Dakota (SSN 790) to ship out. (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 22, 2015: Leon Walston displays the welded initials of Caroline Kennedy, the sponsor of the aircraft acrrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Photo by Chris Oxley)
August 23, 2015: The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy III, Congressman, 4th District of Massachusetts, signs the keel unit before the ceremony. His great uncle was President John F. Kennedy, CVN 79's namesake. (Photo by John Whalen)
August 22, 2015: Forty-five students representing various crafts graduated from Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. (Photo by Andrew Young)
September 12, 2015: Runners dash off the starting line at the annual 3rd annual Ingalls 5K on the Causeway, an event benefitting Special Olympics. (Photo by Michael Duhe)
September 12, 2015: The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch. (Photo by Lance Davis)
September 28, 2015: HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award. (Photo by Jeff Malet)
October 5, 2015: Tugboats and buoy anchors are staged in Dry Dock 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin. (Photo by John Whalen)
October 14, 2015: Ship's namesake Paul Ignatius, left, and Ingalls hull superintendent Bill Jones - sketch their initials on the keel plate to be affixed to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). (Photo by Lance Davis)
October 17, 2015: More than 1,000 Newport News Shipbuilding employees, family and friends participated in the Hampton Roads Heart Walk. (Photo by John Whalen)
November 14, 2015: Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755). (Photo by Lance Davis)
December 12, 2015: The sun rises over Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) during the ship's launch at Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo by Andrew Young)

A message from HII President and CEO Mike Petters

“To everyone on the HII team—at our shipbuilding divisions, our subsidiaries and here at our corporate office in Virginia—thank you for the great work you do year-round for our customers and our communities.” Read the transcript