Jim Hughes is vice president of Submarines and Fleet Support at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2011, Hughes is responsible for all aspects of the Virginia-class submarine construction program, Ohio replacement support program, as well as submarine fleet maintenance in Newport News and ongoing fleet support activities conducted world-wide.
Since 2008, Hughes served as vice president for In-Service Aircraft Carriers and was responsible for planning and executing aircraft carrier overhaul programs and fleet support work. He began his shipyard career in 1981, as an engineer in Aircraft Carrier Engineering. Since then he has worked in various positions of increasing responsibility including engineering supervisor, engineering manager, design manager, trades manager and director of Aircraft Carrier Engineering. He also served as program director for the USS Carl Vinson refueling and complex overhaul and oversaw the cost, schedule and work performance for the project.
Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Navy League, the Naval Submarine League, the Naval Institute and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard's vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 20,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.