Photo Release -- HII Announces Jim Thornton as Newport News Shipbuilding's Director for Environmental Health and Safety Strategy and Regulatory Affairs


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) today announced that Jim Thornton has been appointed director of environmental health and safety strategy and regulatory affairs for the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division.

In this new role, Thornton is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives related to environmental health and safety. He also will explore other programs that will benefit employees and dependents in numerous wellness initiatives.

"Newport News Shipbuilding has a strong reputation in environmental health and safety on the national level, largely due to Jim's efforts," said Bill Bell, vice president of human resources and administration at NNS. "I am confident and excited that he will continue to move our programs to even higher levels of performance."

Thornton joined the shipyard in 1978 and has served in a number of different capacities with increasing responsibility. As director of environmental health and safety, Thornton was instrumental in bringing OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and ISO 14001 certifications to NNS. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Auburn University and a master's degree in industrial hygiene from Texas A&M University. Thornton is a national board-certified safety professional and industrial hygienist. He currently serves as president of the Virginia Self-Insurers Association and chairman of the American Society of Safety Engineers Government Affairs Committee.

About Huntington Ingalls

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:

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