Huntington Ingalls Industries, headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, was founded on March 31, 2011 when Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding Sector was spun off as an independent company. On the same day, the new company, Huntington Ingalls Industries, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HII.
Huntington and Ingalls
Our name, Huntington Ingalls Industries, honors the long-standing legacies of our two shipbuilding divisions: Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.
In 1886, railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington (1821-1900) founded the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Co., which later became Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company.
Robert Ingersoll Ingalls Sr. (1882-1951) built a blacksmith and forging business into Alabama’s Ingalls Iron Works. In 1938, he expanded into shipbuilding and established Ingalls Shipbuilding on the East Bank of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi.
Since their foundings, our shipyards have built more than 1,300 commercial and military ships.
The “Industries” in HII
Huntington Ingalls Industries is the nation’s largest military shipbuilder, and shipbuilding will remain our primary business. While we continue to build the finest ships at sea, we are also expanding into adjacent markets, including the energy industry, by leveraging our expertise in engineering, project management, site management, and heavy manufacturing and construction.