Splashdown John P. Murtha November 6, 2014

Ingalls Shipbuilding
A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries
November 6, 2014
Vol. 44, Number 43
Splashdown
John P. Murtha (LPD 26) docked after successful launch
In the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 30, the
drydock crew and the team building John P. Murtha
(LPD 26) slowly lowered the pontoons of the floating
drydock, allowing the ship to float free for a successful
launch.
According to Mark Cobb, dock master, LPD 26 is the 150th
ship launched from the drydock.
“This ship is tracking to be one of our best LPDs ever, and
it is the most complete ship at launch to date,” said Ingalls
Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We are incorporating
learning from each ship to improve our performance in both
cost and schedule. Our hot production line in LPD construction
provides efficiencies in day-to-day work efforts and helps
stabilize the program and the associated supplier base.”
Ingalls Shipbuilding has built and delivered nine ships
in the San Antonio class of ships, with LPDs 26 and 27
remaining. Portland (LPD 27) is scheduled to launch in 2016.
“Our shipbuilders are becoming more and more proficient
in building the LPD class ships, and they are committed to
being the best at what they do,” said Kari Wilkinson, LPD
26 ship program manager. “As a team, we are serious about
performing well and securing future work.”
Hank Corcoran, LPD 26 ship construction manager,
said, “A detailed plan and constant communication led to
successful execution by the three primary crafts working the
exterior hull: Hull, Machinery and Paint.”
“It took a lot of coordination,” said Jay Hunt, welding
general foreman. “Hull work was the first critical part of the
plan. We got our fitting and welding completed and sold to
Quality Assurance so the ship could be painted.”
Jason Lightsey, shipfitting general foreman, said: “The
biggest undertaking for us was the underwater hull. We had
to clear all the tanks. All the openings in the shell had to be
fit, welded, UT tested and then air tested. Then we had to sell
the outside shell to QA to allow enough time for paint.”
Mark Pettey, LPD 26 ship superintendent, said that the
preparation for launch was a “classic example of teamwork.”
Pettey had ship’s management responsibility for the entire
outer hull in preparing for launch.
Robert Peden, Machinery general superintendent, said his
team, led by Machinery general foreman Carroll Cochran,
worked long hours to overcome challenges created by
implementing a first of class change to the fairwaters and
bossings. This change will enhance the performance of the
ship once delivered.
“The launch was executed with no material issues and is a
testament to what various crafts can accomplish when they
work together,” said Peden.
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Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias F
The following article appeared in Defense News on Oct. 16, 2014, and has been reprinted with their
permission. The article may also be found online at the following link:
http://www.defensenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310160026
WASHINGTON — Brian Cuccias has been in the
Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working
for Litton, Avondale, Northrop Grumman and now
Huntington Ingalls Industries. In April, he succeeded
Irwin F. Edenzon as president of Ingalls Shipbuilding
in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and now is responsible
for managing one of the world’s most complex naval
shipyards, with 12,000 employees building destroyers
and two classes of amphibious ships for the US Navy, and
large National Security Cutters for the US Coast Guard.
Q. Have you made any significant changes in direction,
in tone from where the company has been going the last
few years?
A. First, I would like to say the things that Irwin has
done before I took over were great things. So I wanted
to make sure I reinforced those things. The priorities
— safety, quality, cost and schedule — are still the
right priorities. And the behaviors are still the right
behaviors. Where I have now taken the company a little
bit differently is, we still have to get better on our cost
performance, and we really have to do safety, quality,
cost and schedule, all of them. I think we have to be
an innovative organization — which is maybe a little
different — and we have to be agile as a company. And I
think leadership and being an effective leadership-training
organization is a key.
Q. What do you mean by agile?
A. Agility comes in a lot of different forms — how are
you structured, your attitude toward the job. I will give
you a great example. When a ship gets ready to go to
sea trials, the organization is very agile. Problems are
identified, things are responded to quickly, dates are
not missed, people are really on their game. I think the
company, in everything they do, needs to be responsive,
have the right attitude and is structured correctly to
allow that agility to come through. Innovation without
agility could be a problem. You have a lot of great ideas,
but if you are not agile enough to incorporate those
things affordably and timely, then it kind of defeats your
innovation. You have to have both to be really successful.
Q. You’re closing two shipbuilding facilities, the
composite facility in Gulfport, Mississippi, and the
Avondale shipyard in New Orleans. What’s the status of
those yards?
Focusing on Cost Performance, Agility
A. There is no work being done in Gulfport, and
we have brokers to find future buyers for that facility.
For the far majority, all those employees who wanted
employment at Ingalls had that opportunity. At Avondale,
we are working with Kinder Morgan to see if there is
another purpose that could be applied for the yard. We
are building some LPD 27 ship units at Avondale, and
that will finish up the end of the year, and that will pretty
much be the work left there.
and the word I am getting is they actually like the whole
platform too. I would love to see more NSCs built. If the
Coast Guard does that or not, that would have to be their
decision along with Congress. But it is a great program,
great platform, solid team, solid learning. Could it be the
future surface combatant? If the requirements line up, I
think it could be an excellent future surface combatant.
The Coasties are just very bullish on the platform. They
could not be more happy with it.
Q. Your workload at Ingalls is pretty high, but you’re
Q. You’re working on LHA 7, the Tripoli, second
working on LPD 27, the 11th ship
of two big-deck amphibious assault
in the LPD 17-class of amphibious
ships with no well deck. But LHA 8,
“When a ship gets ready to go the follow-on ship, will have a well
ships, and funding for LPD 28
to sea trials, the organization
is not certain. When you look at
deck, similar to the Makin Island, the
is very agile. Problems
future years, where does your
previous ship. People often spoke of
are identified, things are
downturn start?
the America, LHA 6, as a new design
responded to quickly, dates are with lots of first-of-class issues. Are we
A. After LPD 27 there is a
downturn I would say in 2017. That
going back to first-of-class issues with
not missed, people are really
is why LPD 28 is such an important
the return of the well deck?
on their game.”
ship for us. The work that we are
A. The Navy certainly controls the
-- Brian Cuccias
really, I think best in the industry on,
requirements of the ship and they
is the amphibs. So it is the LPD, the
continue to work to fine-tune what the
[future] LXRs, LHA 8, and certainly the destroyers I think
requirements will be. We know a well deck is being put
we are excellent at. The more of that that can be pulled
back in. The superstructure is getting smaller so the
into those years would benefit all.
pilothouse is smaller. So the trick will be in terms of your
distributive systems, and your compartments within
Q. You just delivered the 4th National Security Cutter
the ship, how many will be repurposed and how many
(NSC) and launched the fifth. But with only eight ships
will be kept the same. The more you can keep them the
in the program, the end also is coming into view. Ingalls
same, the less impact you have. The more you repurpose
has aggressively marketed the ships for foreign sale,
compartments, then your distributive systems change and
including frigate variants. Have you had any resonance
maybe other qualifications to sell a compartment would
at all with that?
be different. But whatever they decide, we are really in
A. There appears to be some interest abroad, although
nothing I see coming out of it near term. But I will say that the best position. We have all the lessons learned from
Makin Island. We know all of the changes that took place,
the NSC line has good centers, very stable requirements
the pluses and minuses on America. We will be welland is on a very outstanding learning curve. We just
positioned to modify the design for that ship and build it.
delivered the Hamilton, and the Coast Guard is more than
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pleased. I think the platforms are performing very well
when they do joint maneuvers or exercises with the Navy,
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• Hardhats must be worn at all times in the yard except for in closed
offices and in vehicles with closed cabs.
• Inspect your hardhat daily for wear and damage.
• A hardhat should not be excessively tight, but it should not
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• Ball caps may never be worn under hardhats.
• Only welder’s caps, winter liners and painters cloths
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Non-represented employees on most HII health plans must declare
their tobacco-use status by Nov. 30. If you do not identify your tobaccouse status, you will be considered a tobacco user. Non-tobacco users, or
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prohibits weapons and ammunition, explosives, alcoholic beverages,
illegal drugs and other controlled substances on company property.
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addressed with severe disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Education Assistance open enrollment started
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the company’s Education Assistance tuition reimbursement program.
Preapproval applications are now being accepted through Nov. 30. All
employees who plan to seek tuition reimbursement are required to
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[email protected] or (228) 935-5454.
VERT care package collection extended
The Veterans Employee Resource Team (VERT) care package drive is
extended until Nov. 13. Look for marked boxes in the lobbies of Admin 1,
2 & 3, LBTF, EDC/ Kmart, PC Central and other locations. Items will be
collected through Nov. 13. If you have names and addresses of troops who
are currently deployed, please forward that information to Penny Fairley at
(228) 935-0823 or [email protected]
Nov. 7 – Dale Carnegie Course coming to Ingalls
Dale Carnegie Training (www.dalecarnegie.com) will host a Lunch
and Learn session Nov. 7 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in EDC/Kmart USS
Cole Conference Room. A light lunch will be provided. The actual course
will begin at the MTA Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Those who enroll and complete
the course will be eligible for tuition reimbursement through Education
Assistance with management approval. This event is non-chargeable
and management approved PTO or FLEX is required to attend preview
sessions during scheduled work hours. For more information, email
[email protected]
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Event hosted by VERT
Honor those who have served in our nation’s defense on Veterans Day at
one of two events.
• Pascagoula main shipyard: Nov. 11 from 11:10 – 11:20 a.m. at Gate 4.
– Tim Farrell, vice president, Operations, will welcome guests.
– Colors presented by Gautier Navy JROTC.
– U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brian Lawrence, deputy supervisor, SupShip, Gulf
Coast, will speak.
– Transportation will be provided from LBTF east entrance, PC Central
north entrance and the flagpole south of Admin 1.
• Engineering Design Center (EDC/Kmart): from 11:10 – 11:20 a.m. at the
south (front) entrance.
– Bob Montague, director, Fleet Sustainment Logistics, will welcome
guests.
– Richard Schenk, vice president, Programs, Test and Trials, will speak.
Nov. 13 – USM Visit in Covey Room
The University of Southern Mississippi will host a Lunch and Learn in
the Covey Room (next to the Shipyard Fire Station) Nov. 13 from
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Faculty and staff
representatives will be available to answer questions regarding academic
programs and the admissions process. Ingalls representatives will also be
available to answer questions regarding tuition reimbursement. A USM
admissions representative will also be available from 2-5 p.m. in the MTA
lobby. These are non-chargeable events. Management approved PTO or
FLEX must be used to attend outside your standard lunch break. For info
about USM degree programs, contact Dr. Kimberly Scherlofsky at
(228) 214-3507 or [email protected]
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