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Monday, September 25, 2017

Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn to be Christened

Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn - Image

The Navy will christen the newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), Saturday, May 2, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The new destroyer honors Lt. John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor. While under heavy machine gun fire, Finn manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp. Painfully wounded multiple times, he had to be convinced to leave his post.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers DDG 113

John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha  sea trials in October (Photo by Lance Davis/HII).

The John Finn (DDG 113) destroyer was delivered to the United States Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries on December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Powered by GE’s Marine Solutions’ LM2500 marine gas turbines, the ship’s namesake helped shoot down Japanese warplanes during the attack and was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. "GE is proud that our LM2500 marine gas turbines power the first new construction Arleigh Burke-class ship to go to sea in over four years,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE Vice President, Marine Operations, Evendale, Ohio.

John Finn Christened at Ingalls Shipyard

John Finn (DDG 113) is christened

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the company's 29th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), May 2 in front of nearly 1,000 guests. DDG 113 is named John Finn after the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. Finn received the honor for machine-gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot in the foot and shoulder and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. He retired as a lieutenant after 30 years of service and died at age 100 in 2010.

US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28. During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged, the ship was pulled by tugs to HII's south berth where the ship will continue outfitting in preparation for test and activation and eventual delivery to the Navy. The next major milestone is the ship's Aegis system light off planned for later this year.

Ingalls Authenticates the Keel of New Destroyer

Laura Stavridis, the ship's sponsor, (right) and Bob Merchent, Ingalls vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs, (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo: Lance Davis

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the company's 29th Arleigh Burke-class aegis guided-missile (DDG 51) destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), on Monday. Laura Stavridis, ship's sponsor and wife of retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, attended with her husband. "It's great having Mrs. Stavridis here to see her ship and meet some of the shipbuilders," said George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager. "The Aegis destroyer program has been one of our company's most successful programs. Mrs.

US Navy Destroyer John Finn Delivered

Ingalls Shipbuilding's 29th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha sea trials. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on December 7, the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 113 after completing three sets of at-sea and in-port trials which proved the ship's operational readiness. The ship is the 63rd DDG 51-class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.

Ingalls Launches Guided Missile Destroyer DDG 51

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Friday, September 8, 2017. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

The new Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was launched by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Friday, September 8, in Pascagoula, Miss. “A quality launch is a critical milestone in a ship’s life,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Our world-class shipbuilders have once again met this goal in launching DDG 119. We look forward to continuing this success as we prepare DDG 119 to join the fleet as USS Delbert D. Delbert D. Black was translated via Ingalls’ rail car system to a floating dry dock.

Several Milestones on US Navy, Coast Guard Builds

Photo: Lance Davis / HII

GE’s Marine Solutions noted that several milestones were recently marked on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard surface combatant programs that all use GE’s LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines. On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the fifth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords. GE will provide 20 LM2500 gas turbines for the Austal USA LCS program, part of a contract for up to 10 ships to be built by Austal USA. The two LM2500s are arranged in a Combined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) configuration with two diesel engines.

Fabrication of Aegis Destroyer 'John Finn' Starts at Inglalls

Photo credit Ingalls

Huntington Ingalls Industries starts work on the 29th 'Arleigh Burke'-class destroyer to be built at its Ingalls Shipbuilding Division. The start of fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut for DDG 113. Ingalls uses state-of-the-art robotic cutting machines to ensure the steel is cut and fabricated to exact Navy specifications. John Finn is expected to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2016. Ingalls also has a contract to build a 30th destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), with start of fabrication scheduled for 2013.

Ingalls Starts Construction of Destroyer DDG 114

Sponsor Georgeann McRaven at DDG 114 special ceremony: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries has started fabrication of the U.S. Navy's next Aegis guided missile destroyer, 'Ralph Johnson' (DDG 114). The ship will be the 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. The start-of-fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut for DDG 114. Ingalls uses state-of-the-art robotic cutting machines to ensure the steel is cut and fabricated to exact Navy specifications. Ralph Johnson is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2017.

Navy Names Five New Ships

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next five Navy ships; three Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, the USS John Finn, the USS Ralph Johnson, and the USS Rafael Peralta, and two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Sioux City and the USS Omaha. Mabus named the three destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts which spanned several decades, but were united in their uncommon valor. The littoral combat ships were named after two American communities. John Finn, who retired as a lieutenant, received the Medal of Honor from Adm. Chester Nimitz for displaying "magnificent courage in the face of almost certain death" during the Japanese attack on military installations in Hawaii during Pearl Harbor. Marine Corps Pfc.

Huntington Ingalls Reports Strong Fourth Quarter

Newport News, Va. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries reported fourth quarter 2011 sales of $1.74 billion, consistent with the fourth quarter of 2010. The impact of a $10 million non-cash goodwill impairment finalization adjustment resulted in reported net earnings of $69 million for the quarter and $1.39 diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis. Excluding the goodwill impairment adjustment in the fourth quarter, total operating margin was 6.6 percent, up from 6.0 percent for the same period last year, and diluted earnings per share was $1.19 for the quarter. For the full year 2011, sales were $6.58 billion, down 2.2 percent from 2010.

CNO Makes First Visit to Ingalls Shipyard

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson (left) toured the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during a visit to HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Also pictured (left to right) are Richard Schenk, Ingalls’ vice president of program management, and George Jones, Ingalls’ vice president of operations. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Adm. John Richardson Thursday as part of his visit to shipyards in the region. This was his first visit to Ingalls as Chief of Naval Operations. Richardson received updates on Ingalls’ shipbuilding programs and toured the facility. “We certainly appreciate Admiral Richardson taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit our shipyard to see the significant and high-quality work our shipbuilders are performing on a daily basis,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.

Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Paul Ignatius Launched

The Ingalls-built destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) launched at first light November 12, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), the company’s 31st Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, on Saturday. “The DDG 51 program provides our U.S. Navy customer and our nation a series of highly advanced and capable warships,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “For 30 years, our talented shipbuilders have been building these much-needed, quality destroyers. Paul Ignatius was translated via Ingalls’ rail car system to a floating dry dock.

Ingalls Wins USS Ramage Overhaul Contract

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $14 million base contract to perform overhaul work on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). USS Ramage was originally built at Ingalls Shipbuilding and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1995. Photo by HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $14 million base contract to perform an extended selected restricted availability on the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). With all options exercised, the total contract value would be $21.4 million. USS Ramage was originally built at Ingalls and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1995. “Ingalls has a longstanding tradition in the overhaul/modernization business,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Contracted to Build Five USN Destroyers

USS William P. Lawrence: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division awarded a fixed-price incentive, multi-year contract for construction of 5 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG 51s) for the U.S. Navy. The contract has a total value of $3.33 billion and includes options for engineering change proposals, design budgeting requirements and post-delivery availabilities, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to approximately $3.39 billion. "Our shipbuilders have a strong legacy of building DDG 51s…

Ingalls Awarded $618 Mln to Build DDG 123

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $618 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 123 for the U.S. Navy. The ship is the fourth of five destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. Ingalls previously was awarded $55 million in advance procurement for DDG 123, making the full contract $673 million. “This will be the 34th Arleigh Burke destroyer built at Ingalls, and we thrive on this experience,” said George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager. “Maintaining the same shipbuilding teams from ship to ship is paying dividends to our learning curve. The U.S.

Reps. Wittman and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding Division

Rep. Rob Wittman Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., on Wednesday for a tour of the shipyard, which included ships under construction at Ingalls. “Today was an informative visit to Ingalls Shipbuilding—one of our nation’s best assets,” said Wittman, who is chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. “It is obvious the men and women of Ingalls brandish their skill-sets to build high-quality ships for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

US Warship John Finn Passes Acceptance Trials

The five-inch MK 45 naval gun system aboard the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) was tested during the second of three planned sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

The U.S. Navy’s new guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) has completed its third and final round of sea trials following two days testing various systems in the Gulf of Mexico. “The success of DDG 113 acceptance trials moves us one step closer to delivering a quality, state-of-the-art surface combatant to the U.S. Navy,” said Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries and builder of the new Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer.

Pearl Harbor Biodiesel Ferry

Naval Station Pearl Harbor and the National Park Service activated the first USS Arizona Memorial biodiesel ferry boat #39-1 John W. Finn during a ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center April 7. The John W. Finn is the first of five new boats that will ultimately replace the existing 20-year old U.S. Navy-operated tour boats that transport 1.5 million visitors per year to and from the memorial. "I think the time has come when people of the world are beginning…

Channel Closure for Dead Ship Tow

There will be a dead ship tow of the Dive Support Vessel UNCLE JOHN from the Mobile Sea Buoy to BAE Shipyard starting at approximately 0600 today. The 253 feet long, 173 feet wide rig will be towed by the tugs FINN FALGOUT and WILKEN FALGOUT with assist tugs provided by Crescent Towing. The UNCLE JOHN and the FINN FALGOUT will have bar pilots onboard for the entire operation and will be standing by on VHF/FM channels 13 and 16. The transit will be made in daylight hours and should take 7 to 9 hours, during which time one-way traffic will be necessary. For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com  

Medal of Honor for Two Destroyers

A graphic representation of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)

In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr. in honor of the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps who was also a Medal of Honor recipient. During World War II, Lucas, then a private first class in the Marine Corps, received the Medal of Honor at age 17 for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Ingalls Launches US Navy Destroyer Ralph Johnson

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) on Saturday. The ship is scheduled to be christened in the spring of 2016. (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the company’s 30th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, on Saturday. Ingalls has built and delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. There are currently four more under construction at Ingalls, including Ralph Johnson, which is scheduled to be christened in the spring of 2016. John Finn (DDG 113) was christened in May and is expected to undergo sea trials in 2016.

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