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HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding Honors Employees for Continuous Service

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HII’s (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division is honoring 27 employees who have achieved 40 years of continuous service in 2022. HII refers to this elite group as “master shipbuilders,” a designation reserved for individuals whose careers in shipbuilding span four decades, nearly half of Ingalls’ 84-year shipbuilding legacy.

“The focus and dedication of these master shipbuilders distinguishes Ingalls in the industry and enables us to continue building first-class ships for our country,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “Shipbuilding is difficult and complex, and these shipbuilders have continued our mission for decades. On behalf of HII and Ingalls, we congratulate and thank you.”

Master shipbuilders typically hold various positions within the company over their careers. From talent recruitment, to training the next generation of shipbuilders, to designing, crafting and testing ships, each role supports shipbuilding construction and is vital to Ingalls’ success in delivering ships, including amphibious warships, destroyers and national security cutters.

“I have always been a cheerleader for working at Ingalls, and being a master shipbuilder is a true honor,” director of material cost analysis and 2022 master shipbuilder Donna Gardner said. “I can’t think of anywhere else that gives you more opportunities. Whether you are working in engineering or in planning, when you work at Ingalls you are part of something bigger than yourself.”

The following employees are in this year’s 2022 master shipbuilder class:

Robert Adams
Ray Bailey
James Busch
Donna Gardner
Tara Hooks
Terry McLendon
Keith O’Brien
Steven Pierce
Cynthia Stevens
Joel Alford
Jeffrey Bruno
Donald Cates
Rodney Hankins
Jimmy Lum
Anthony Moore
Melanie Olsen
Jeffrey Robinson
Bernice Webb
Lonnie Arnold
William Burns
Dennis Dominique
Pete Harrell III
David Malbrough
Carl Nazarian
David Pendergast
Anthony Rogers
Dennis Woodard

In July 2022, Ingalls announced that the company plans to hire over 2,000 full-time shipbuilders as part of its future workforce. Openings include more than 500 different types of jobs. For more information on all open positions and benefits, visit

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About HII

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:


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Ingalls Shipbuilding Class of 2022 Master Shipbuilders

HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division is celebrating its 2022 class of Master Shipbuilders