History

Spanning more than 550 acres, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole manufacturer of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy. The largest industrial employer in Virginia is also one of only two suppliers of nuclear-powered submarines for the Navy.

More than 600 cranes are spread across the shipyard, which sits along 2.5 miles of waterfront property along the James River. At the center of it all is “Big Blue,” a gantry crane capable of lifting 1,050 metric tons – that means the massive crane can lift 2.6 Boeing 747’s.

Built in Newport News, Built for America

Building a 90,000 ton fortress, alongside construction of nuclear-powered submarines relies on a unique collaboration. From the planning, budgeting, design and first cut of steel, to the time-honored moment the champagne bottle breaks at the christening ceremony; our workforce of more than 20,000 master shipbuilders, designers, project managers, apprentices, engineers, operators, mechanics, welders, pipefitters, electricians, fabricators, …. (List more trades) contribute more than XX million man hours in ensuring our Navy receives the highest quality product to defend and protect our country’s freedom.

Our shipbuilders’ work is not complete when an aircraft carrier or submarine launches. Newport News Shipbuilding is accountable for repairs and overhaul during the life of a ship, and involved in the decommissioning process of each vessel.

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Last Revised January 2016

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