Photo Release--AMSEC Employee Featured in Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Shape of Freedom Campaign


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Sept. 6, 2016)—Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) is showcasing Ali Harkous, manager of the surface program management office at HII’s AMSEC subsidiary, as the company’s latest brand ambassador for its new Shape of Freedom advertising campaign. Harkous, an immigrant from Lebanon and U.S. Navy veteran, shares his dedication to his work at AMSEC through a series of print and online ads and a company video.

Harkous left Lebanon during a civil war in the 1970s and immigrated to the U.S. to attend college. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy and then began work at AMSEC in San Diego, helping sailors operate and repair equipment aboard Navy ships.

“Giving sailors the ability to maintain their equipment and operate sufficiently while they’re underway—and in harm’s way—gives us the freedom that we enjoy here in the United States,” Harkous said. “It makes me proud to know we’re making a difference in our sailors’ lives.”

Including Harkous and his team, AMSEC has more than 2,000 employees at 35 locations worldwide to enhance the readiness of U.S. aircraft carriers, submarines and surface ships.  AMSEC’s expertise includes marine engineering, naval architecture, shipyard industrial planning and design, HM&E (hull, mechanical and electrical) and C4I (command, control, communication, computers and intelligence) installation and support, and waterfront systems testing and maintenance.

“It’s in our blood to help the sailors,” Harkous said. “Wherever you find the U.S. Navy, you will find Huntington Ingalls Industries.”

Harkous joins three other HII employees from the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions who have been featured in the Shape of Freedom campaign.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Christie Miller
Manager of Media Relations
Newport News Shipbuilding Communications
(757) 380-3581
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