Newport News Shipbuilding partners with the state to fill jobs at shipyard

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Newport News Shipbuilding said Tuesday it is partnering with the state to hire almost 7,000 people over five years.

That will include the creation of 2,000 jobs. These new hires will support Newport News Shipbuilding’s contract to help build the Columbia- and Virginia-class submarines; the complex overhaul and fueling of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and the construction of Ford-class aircraft carriers. Newport News Shipbuilding also plans to retrain employees and invest nearly $1 billion in the company’s facilities and technology infrastructure.

This new partnership will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. This partnership will be aided by various state agencies, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Employment Commission and the Virginia Office of Veterans and Defense Affairs.

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole builder of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. The company, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has $4 billion in revenues and more than 22,000 employees.

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