Philip Walzer, The Virginian-Pilot
23 June 2015
Newport News Shipbuilding broke ground Monday on a 250,000-square-foot "joint manufacturing assembly facility," Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. announced.
The structure's first two phases, to open in 2017, will support work under current contracts for the Navy's new Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear-powered carriers and Virginia-class submarines.
"We aren't just breaking ground on a new facility, we're breaking the mold on how we build aircraft carriers and submarines," said Matt Mulherin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, in a statement. The improvements are expected to increase productivity and reduce costs, Mulherin said.
The facility will be among the largest at the shipyard.