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.
2018 Dinner Highlights
Slides Accompanying Brian Cuccias' Remarks at 2018 Master Shipbuilder Dinner
"The year you started, Ingalls delivered the third-in-class USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3)."
"Her sister ships that followed were 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 undergo builders trials later this year."
"And 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 Wasp (LHD 1) and delivery of 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)."
"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 1978 to 1983 you constructed 25 destroyers with names like Stump, Harry W. Hill, Thorn, and Scott."
"Our ships, your ships, are critical to safety and security world-wide."
"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."
"The NSCs that you built are making a huge difference in the war on drugs. "
"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."
"Last year we completed overhaul work on USS Ramage (DDG 61) ahead of schedule."
"We are currently repairing and upgrading USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)."
"Ladies and Gentleman --- Master Shipbuilders --- our ships may make history. But their history starts here with each of YOU."