Media Advisory--Newport News Shipbuilding To Lay the Keel for Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:   Media are invited to attend a celebration to lay the keel for the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony is not open to the public.
Who:   Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is the submarine’s sponsor. Ceremony participants will include Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Navy and government representatives. HII will provide a live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the keel-laying ceremony in its entirety. Satellite coordinates are below.
When:   Media Preview Event
    10 a.m. Friday
    Media check-in: 9:30 a.m.
    Keel-Laying Ceremony
    11 a.m. Saturday
    Media check-in: 10 a.m.
Where:   For Friday’s and Saturday’s events, media will park in designated spots in the second-shift area of Newport News Shipbuilding’s North Yard parking lot (see directions below). Media will be transported by bus to and from the site. The event will be held outside the Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF).
RSVP:   Confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP by noon on Thursday. You must present a photo ID and be U.S. citizen to be admitted to the event. Please RSVP to:
    Christie Miller, Huntington Ingalls Industries, (757) 380-3581

Please note that this is an industrial setting. Long pants, shirts with sleeves covering shoulders and flat, sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required attire.

HII will use #SSN791 and #USSDelaware as the social media hashtags for this event. An online press kit for the event is available at:

A webcast of the event will be provided at: A live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the event will also be provided. Satellite information is as follows:

Satellite: Galaxy 17 (91 degrees west)
    Transponder: KU Digital 02K upper (18mhz)
    Downlink Frequency:  11749.0000 MHz
    Downlink Polarity: Vertical
    FEC: 3/4
    Symbol Rate: 14.385617
    DVBS, QPSK transmission, 4:2:0, 1080i

Window time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday

Directions to Media Parking:

  • From I-64 (either westbound or eastbound)
  • Take Exit #264 to Interstate I-664 toward Downtown Newport News/Suffolk
  • Take Exit #5 (35th Street) to Warwick Blvd.
  • Travel approximately 3 miles on Warwick Blvd.
  • Immediately after 69th Street, make a U-turn on to Huntington Ave.
  • Merge into the right lane and continue to bear right on to Shipyard Drive
  • Continue downhill and follow signs to media parking

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering 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 36,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:


Contact information

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