Chris Miner is vice president of In-Service Aircraft Carrier Programs for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. He was appointed to this position in 2013 and is responsible for planning and executing aircraft carrier refueling and complex overhaul programs and carrier and submarine inactivations. He also has overall responsibility for NNS’ industrial subcontract at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, a research and development facility in upstate New York that supports the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program.
Miner began his shipbuilding career in 1983 as a test engineer in the Los Angeles-class submarine program and has served in various roles of increasing responsibility including program director of the Virginia-class submarine program, program director for the USS Carl Vinson refueling and complex overhaul, and director of test engineering. He has also served in various positions with the company’s Quality division to include SUBSAFE program manager and manager of quality assurance.
Miner earned his bachelor’s of engineering degree with a major in marine engineering from State University of New York Maritime College in 1983, along with a U.S. Coast Guard Coast third assistant engineer’s license. He also earned his MBA from Old Dominion University in 2002.
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.