Newport News Shipbuilding’s name returns to city’s skyline
- November 8, 2011
After more than 10 years, 250 gallons of primer and 260 gallons of paint, Newport News Shipbuilding is once again part of the downtown skyline. Its name can easily be seen on the girder of the shipyard’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane that rises 233 feet above the shipyard.
“This is a proud moment, not only for the 20,000 shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding, but for the community we’ve been a part of for the last 125 years,” Matt Mulherin, the shipyard’s president said in a statement. “Returning to the Newport News Shipbuilding name and logo under Huntington Ingalls Industries reinforces our heritage and our continued commitment to quality, customer focus and building the world’s best military ships.”
Shipbuilders from the shipyard’s Facilities and Waterfront Support organization and painting contractors contributed hundreds of hours to the 33,000-square-foot paint job. Shipbuilders provided the planning and support activities, which included the installation of the paint scaffolding hundreds of feet in the air.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.