Reps. Wittman and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding Division

Rep. Rob Wittman Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

By Joseph R. Fonseca

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. It is so nice to see the quality
of work firsthand and know that the safety of our sailors and
Marines is in good hands with every ship they build."

Wittman and Palazzo met with Ingalls leadership during the tour
and had the chance to meet shipbuilders on various ships under
construction. They toured the amphibious assault ship Tripoli
(LHA 7), the guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) and the
amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27).

"Our shipbuilders are the best in the world at what they do, and
the defense industry is the number one economic driver here in
South Mississippi," Palazzo said. "Now, with President Trump in
office wanting to build a bigger Navy, our shipyard has even more
potential for future work. I am pleased today to welcome
Congressman Wittman, chairman of the House Seapower committee
that authorizes every ship we build in the Navy, to see firsthand
the exceptional work being done here at Ingalls. Chairman Wittman
is a great friend of the shipbuilding industry, and we are
working together to ensure a strong Navy and strong industrial
base."

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias accompanied Wittman
and Palazzo on the tour. "We appreciate Representative Wittman
and Representative Palazzo taking time from their busy schedules
to see and learn the quality of our shipbuilders' work
firsthand," he said. "Shipbuilding is complex, and touring
Ingalls brings a different perspective to the volume and scope of
our craft. The patriotic work accomplished each day demonstrates
that Ingalls' shipbuilders are the best in the world."

Feb 23, 2017

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