In 2015, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced its plan to spend nearly $1.5 billion over the next five years on generational capital investments at its Ingalls and Newport News shipbuilding divisions. In 2018, corporate tax reform allowed HII to increase that commitment by $300 million.
These facility improvements and investments in digital technology—part of HII’s “Path to 2020” business strategy— strengthen and protect HII’s core shipbuilding capability, directly benefiting the current workforce and laying a stable foundation for the future.
Designed for work site safety and efficiency, rolling covers protect employees from both rain and excessive heat and provide ready access to required installation of material and supporting construction services.
Ingalls Shipbuilding’s strategic capital investment plan is focused on modifying and redefining the shipyard for the next generation of ships and shipbuilders. The ultimate goal of the five-year, more than $700 million plan is to reduce ship acquisition and construction costs and improve the quality of life for Ingalls’ shipbuilders. Capital investments are focused on improving product flow, increasing capacity, optimizing manufacturing processes and providing a substantial increase in covered construction work areas.
Major capital projects include the introduction of steel fabrication robotic welding technology, a state of the art panel line, additional steel/ship assembly buildings, the addition of rolling covers/tents in unit assembly areas, a new floating dry dock, and increased pier space. Facility enhancements and technology insertions have been designed to provide the shipbuilders with easy access to the job-site, tools, and services required to perform their work in support of increased efficiency on current ship construction efforts as well as future ship procurements.
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News Shipbuilding is committed to making a significant investment in the pursuit of state-of-the-art ship construction processes and techniques that will continue the yard’s focus on reducing cost and schedule while improving safety and quality. The investment will ensure the greatest value in terms of technology and flexibility to exploit future opportunities for aircraft carrier and submarine construction, including the creation of new highly skilled career opportunities.
The 350,000-square foot Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility:
- Provides production efficiencies and synergies across our existing product lines
- Accommodates long-term CVN, SSN and SSBN program requirements depicted by the U.S. Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan
- Affords opportunities to leverage available funding sources
- Allows for alternative uses as future business opportunities develop
The investments are planned to be cross-program facilities equipped with multiple work sites outfitted with advanced technology, automated equipment, heavy weight cranes, large transportation doors and specialty paint bays.
This 80-foot tall fixture allows shipbuilders to streamline the construction of 330-ton submarine bows and sterns and to automate welding to save time and improve quality.
Investing In The Navy Our Nation Needs
From expanding our covered assembly areas, to improved steel fabrication, robotic profile cutting, and other advances in digital shipbuilding, these investments totaling $1.8 billion over five years are improving affordability and efficiency across all ship classes.
We’re investing in people, infrastructure and technology today – to help build the Navy our nation needs tomorrow.