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130 Years of Newport News Shipbuilding

1886

The Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Company is founded on January 28. The name is changed to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in 1890. This photo shows the first stock certificate, issued to founder Collis P. Huntington.

1886

1891

NNS delivers its first ship, a tug named Dorothy, on April 30.

1891

1897

NNS delivers its first U.S. Navy ship, USS Nashville (PG 7), on June 25.

1897

1904

NNS delivers its first submarine to the Lake Torpedo Boat Company on October 17.

1904

1934

NNS delivers its first aircraft carrier, USS Ranger (CV 4), on June 6. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel designed and built as an aircraft carrier. Of the 22 Essex-class carriers that served in World War II, nine were built by NNS.

1934

1952

NNS delivers the super ocean liner United States on June 20. The ship is still the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction.

1952

1955

NNS delivers USS Forestal (CVA 59), the first U.S. Navy super carrier, on September 29. It was the first carrier designed for jet aircraft, built with an angled flight deck and steam catapults.

1955

1960 - 1961

NNS delivers its first nuclear-powered submarine and the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in 1960 and 1961. In this photo,
USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) joins USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during its christening September 24, 1960.

1960

1975

NNS becomes the sole designer and builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers beginning with the commissioning of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on May 3. The shipyard delivered the final Nimitz-class carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in 2009.

1975

1976

NNS delivers the submarine Los Angeles (SSN 688) and delivers 30 more submarines in the class by 1996.
NNS was the lead design yard for the class.

1976

1998

NNS begins a unique teaming arrangement with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. As of 2015, NNS has delivered six Virginia-class submarines. (Photo by John Whalen)

1998

2001 - 2011

NNS is acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2001 and spins off to form Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in 2011. This photo shows HII's headquarters with Newport News Shipbuilding in the background. (Photo by John Whalen)

2001

2009 - Present

NNS lays the keel of next-generation aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in 2009 and launches the ship in 2013. Work on the second carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is already underway. (Photo by Chris Oxley)

2009