The Master Shipbuilder Dinner is an annual event honoring Ingalls shipbuilders who have achieved 40 years of service and commitment to building freedom. Master Shipbuilders and a guest are treated to a formal dinner and special presentation by Ingalls President Brian Cuccias and Vice President of Human Resources, Edmond Hughes.
Master Shipbuilders who continue their employment beyond 40 years are also invited to this annual event.
2017 Dinner Highlights
Slides Accompanying Brian Cuccias' Remarks at 2017 Master Shipbuilder Dinner
"The year you started, Ingalls delivered the second-in-class USS Saipan (LHA 2)."
"Her sister ships that followed were Belleau Wood (LHA 3), Nassau (LHA 4), Peleliu (LHA 5) and most recently America (LHA 6)."
"Today you are witnessing the ongoing construction of Tripoli (LHA 7) which will be christened in September."
"And the contract award of the newest ship in the class, Bougainville (LHA 8)."
"Multi-purpose amphibious assault ships or amphibs were hot during the ‘80s with the delivery of the first landing helo dock Wasp (LHD 1) and delivery of the dock landing ship Tortuga (LSD 46)."
"In the ‘90s we delivered: Essex (LHD 2); Kearsarge (LHD 3); Boxer (LHD 4); Bataan (LHD 5); and Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)."
"And in 2001 delivered Iwo Jima (LHD 7). With Makin Island (LHD 8), delivered in 2009, Ingalls remains an integral part of the Marine Corp’s force in the Global War on Terror."
"From 1976 to 1983 you constructed 31 destroyers with names like Kincaid, Hewitt, Elliot, Conolly, Cushing and O’Bannon. The ‘70s also saw Ingalls receive the contract to build the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, which then led to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers."
"And we are seeing the benefits of these powerful ships. Just last month, Ingalls ships Ross (DDG 78) and Porter (DDG 71) fired a series of strikes on a Syrian airfield as a response to the release of chemical weapons."
"Ingalls entered the Age of Aegis in the 80’s. The new Aegis system was first integrated into Ingalls’ Spruance-class destroyers starting with the (CG 47) Ticonderoga which was christened by First Lady Nancy Reagan and delivered in 1982."
"See if these names ring a bell: Chosin (CG 65); Hue City (CG 66); Anzio (CG 68); Vicksburg (CG 69)"
"Cape St. George (CG 71); Vella Gulf (CG 72) and Port Royal (CG 73)"
"In 2000, the USS Cole was brought back to Pascagoula with a gaping hole in her port side --- the result of a terrorist attack in Yemen."
"The shipyard took it personally – YOU took it personally – and brought Cole back to fighting condition in record time."
"And then a year later, in 2001, an attack against the United States would make September 11th a date we would NEVER FORGET."
"Three Ingalls-built ships were named as tribute to the heroes and victims of 9/11: New York (LPD 21); Arlington (LPD 24) and Somerset (LPD 25)."
"Ingalls also delivered the first of the Legend-class National Security Cutters for the Coast Guard, NSC 1 Bertholf in 2008 and has since delivered NSC 2 Waesche, NSC 3 Stratton, NSC 4 Hamilton NSC 5 James, and NSC 6 Munro."
"In addition to the ships built here we also overhauled or modernized 21 ships in the 1980s including nuclear attack subs, test ships, a hydrofoil, patrol ships, destroyers and the Battleships Iowa and Wisconsin."
"In 2016 we were awarded the contract to perform overhaul work on USS Ramage (DDG 61) which will be complete this August."
"Ladies and Gentleman --- Master Shipbuilders --- our ships may make history. But their history starts here with each of YOU."