Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula
For more than 75 years, the more than 12,000 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding facilities have pioneered the development and production of technologically advanced, highly capable warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and foreign and commercial customers. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, with 800 acres and 11,000 employees, is the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi and a major contributor to the economic growth of the state.
Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence, Gulfport
Ingalls Shipbuilding's Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence is very unique to the shipbuilding business. The 120-acre site specializes in composite shipbuilding supporting U.S. Navy programs. Gulfport has the demonstrated capability to construct marine composite structures ranging from small combatant craft (200 ft) to lightweight aerospace structures. Supporting the construction capability is a highly trained and capable workforce of nearly 500.
Gulfport has been building composite masts for the LPD 17 Program since 2001. The after mast system is a detachable, octagonal structure 93 feet high and 35 feet in diameter constructed of a multilayer, frequency selective material designed to allow passage of specific radio frequencies while effectively reflecting others.
The facility is the sole provider of the composite deckhouses and hangars for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyers. The next generation of marine composite technology, these carbon fiber composite structures provide incredible strength and operational capability for the Nation's next generation of surface warships.
With experience ranging from hand layup fabrication technology used in the MHC 54 class minehunters; VARTM fabrication technology used on the LPD 17 composite mast and DDG 1000 composite deckhouse programs; to pultrusion and pre-impregnated (prepreg) fabrications used to fabricate parts for submarine and carrier programs - Gulfport has the experience and ability to accomplish a broad and complex range of fabrication techniques. For more information about Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence, call 228-935-7346.
Avondale Shipyard, Avondale
Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La., has a rich and colorful 70-year-old history in Jefferson Parish and remains a legendary and prodigious presence in the world of shipbuilding today. The company was founded as Avondale Marine Ways in 1938 at the site of an abandoned railroad ferry crossing no longer in use as a result of the construction of the Huey P. Long Railroad Bridge across the Mississippi River. This original location on the west bank of Jefferson Parish remains the present site of the 268-acre shipyard, about 10 miles upriver from downtown New Orleans. Today, Avondale is the largest private manufacturing employer in Louisiana with about 4,800 employees and represents nearly $1 billion of economic impact to the state.
Throughout more than seven decades of continuous operation Avondale has produced more than 300 ships and vessels and amassed unmatched experience in designing, engineering, constructing and maintaining a diverse group of military and commercial vessels.