Military shipbuilding company begins construction of fourth Destroyer

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company, began fabrication of the Arleigh Burke-class military destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 213) in January 2017.

Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee is the fourth of a five ship contract that Huntington Ingalls was awarded in 2013. The multi-year procurement program allows the company to build ships more efficiently by buying materials in bulk.

The ship’s namesake, Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, was the first woman to receive the Navy Cross. Higbee joined the U.S. Navy as a nurse in 1908, later becoming the second superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1911.

“Starting fabrication on another destroyer is a great way to start the year,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “Ingalls has delivered 29 of these ships to the U.S. Navy, and our hot production line continues to improve the construction process. The ships are tremendous assets to our country’s fleet, and we look forward to delivering another quality destroyer to the Navy.

“I’m proud to be able to be a part of something big like this,” said Douglas Cummings, a veteran welder of 20 years who is currently working on the ship. “Welders who come in every morning to work on the ships contribute so much to the company.”

Ingalls now has all five destroyers under construction, others include Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) and Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121).

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