Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Exhibits 125 Years of Shipbuilding History at The Mariners' Museum


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has partnered with The Mariners' Museum to share the shipyard's history through a collection of 51 photographs. The exhibit, named "Always Good Ships," will be open to the public Aug. 6 through Oct. 31.

"We are excited to partner with The Mariners' Museum to recognize our shipbuilders and the important role they play in our community and in the security of our nation," said Matt Mulherin, president of NNS. "This exhibit showcases both the incredible work of our talented people and that of our equally talented photographers who work every day to document Newport News Shipbuilding's many milestones and its great people and products. We are proud of what we do, and that pride is captured in this collection that is now on display for the community to enjoy."

The photographers behind the lenses of the collection's shipbuilding photographs are:


  • The late Judi Baldwin, a former United States Marine Corps photographer and the first female NNS photographer. Baldwin retired in 1995.
  • Bob Cohen, who worked as a shipyard photographer during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • The late Lloyd Everton, who served as a photographer and videographer for the shipyard for many years.
  • Stu Gilman, a former photography supervisor who retired as the only master shipbuilder photographer in the shipyard's history. "Master shipbuilder" is a title given to Newport News Shipbuilding employees who have at least 40 years of continuous service.
  • B.J. "Buddy" Nixon, a chief photographer who earned the reputation as a top maritime photographer for his many iconic shipyard images over the years. Nixon left NNS to become Tenneco's head photographer and videographer.
  • Chris Oxley, who joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1982 after working as a photographer for an architectural/engineering firm in Houston. With more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer, Oxley enjoys the variety of experiences and challenges in capturing shipbuilding images.
  • Ricky Thompson, who has worked as a staff photographer at Newport News Shipbuilding for nearly six years. Thompson joined the shipyard as a shipbuilder in the Pattern Shop and was able to turn his passion for photography into a full-time job.
  • John Whalen, who has worked on the photography team for 29 years. His photography has appeared in many art shows, museums, books and magazines. Whalen began his career in the nuclear pipe department, where he worked for 13 years. He began to seriously study photography in 1978 and graduated summa cum laude from Thomas Nelson Community College with a degree in photography.


The exhibit, which documents everything from the flooding of the shipyard's first dry dock in 1889 to the shipyard's return to its Newport News Shipbuilding name earlier this year, was named to pay tribute to the "always good ships" legacy of Collis P. Huntington, shipyard founder. Huntington's motto, which is still the foundation for the shipyard's work ethic today, is: "We shall build good ships here, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always good ships."

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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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