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Minnesota (SSN 783) Has Success at Sea
A Publication of Newport News Shipbuilding
takes to the sea The newest Virginia-class submarine (VCS), Minnesota (SSN 783), successfully completed alpha sea trials on May 6. It was the boat’s first round of at-sea trials. But before getting underway one day earlier, the last thing Electrical Test Specialist Gary Vanhook and his teammates did before boarding was to disconnect the shore power. “After that, my primary role during sea trials was to let the Navy crew do their job,” he explained. “We are there to observe, answer any questions the crew may have and, if necessary, troubleshoot any problems.” The submarine submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and under water. All systems, components and compartments were tested during the trials.
Ten years ago when Vanhook arrived at the shipyard, he never dreamed he would work on a submarine and go on its sea trials. Minnesota is the third VCS he has worked on from the beginning of construction through sea trials. He tested the electronic components and systems at every phase of construction. “Under water, the ride was smooth. It felt like I was sitting in my living room,” said Vanhook. “I wish everyone could experience sea trials because seeing everything you’ve worked on can make you be a better workman in the shop.” Construction Superintendent Craig Messick was also impressed by how smooth the submarine moved through
the water and performed. For most of the trip, he was in the engine room watching every operational aspect. During his 34 years at the shipyard, Messick has worked on both submarines and carriers and has done just about everything. On Minnesota, he was responsible for the propulsion plant construction and test. A first for him was standing on the bridge after the submarine surfaced to return to the shipyard. “It was an honor to stand on the bridge,” he said. “These sea trials were definitely the best ever.”
“This submarine is the result of a lot of hard work by the shipbuilders here at Newport News, our teammates at Electric Boat, and the overall Navy organizational structure, including NAVSEA, SUPSHIP and ship’s force personnel,” said Jim Hughes, vice president of Submarines and Fleet Support. “It is incredibly gratifying for all of us to see this magnificent vessel operate so well during her first at-sea period.” Posters commemorating Minnesota’s sea trials are available on the first floor of Bldg. 520. | By Gina Chew-Holman
Following alpha trials, Minnesota completed two more rounds of sea trials, including one with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. The Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) returned to the shipyard after successfully completing its sea trials in May. Photo by John Whalen
Pink MUCH MORE THAN
During Eden Hill-Jones’ first staff meeting as a materials supervisor for Newport News Shipbuilding’s Material Distribution Center nearly six months ago, she challenged her all-male crew to come up with ideas for a team color. When no one brought ideas to the table, she came up with the color herself – pink. Since then, everything Jones has touched has turned pink. “It started with her office,” said Master Shipbuilder Norman Stith. “Her hair, chair, rug, curtains – you name it. Then it expanded into our work area. Office supplies, the bulletin board, lunch area and even our forklift were decorated in pink.” Throughout the workday, team members often share jokes about feeling as if they’re living a scene from Alice in Wonderland, especially on a team member’s birthday. “I go all out for birthdays,” said Jones. “I was in the Navy for four years, and during those years I missed each of my birthdays. So when I got out, I made a promise that I would not only celebrate my birthday, I would also ensure that the people around me would enjoy their special day as well.”
For birthdays, Jones holds a lunchtime celebration. “I bring in the main dish and each crew member will chip in and bring a side item of their choice,” she said. “I also bring in a pink cake themed to the individual. We’ve had pink guitar cakes, pink sunshine cakes, and pink basketball cakes.”
Team members even sport pink lanyards. “A few members of our crew have had a family member or friend affected by breast cancer,” said Shawn Potter. “Jones got all of us pink lanyards to remind us that we have each other’s back and are here to support one another.”
Since the team’s pink transformation, they have improved on safety, productivity, teamwork, ownership and pride in being a shipbuilder. Team members Floyd Harvell and Kenny Conaway agree that pink has contributed greatly to the team’s successes. “Pink has not only kept us focused on safety and team goals, it’s also unified us,” said Conaway. “I
used to think of pink as just a color, but now it means so much more.”
ensure that the personal factor isn’t lost in the shuffle.” | By Lauren Ward
Jones assures the team that there will be more “pink” to come in the future. “I’m always finding new ways to incorporate the color into our workday,” she said. “A business is a business, but you can’t forget personal – and pink has helped to
Anthony “Sunshine” Jackson (left) and Materials Supervisor Eden Hill-Jones (right) present Kenny Conaway with a cake and a bucket of treats on his birthday. Other team members (left to right) Floyd Harvell, Norman Stith and Shawn Potter hang a birthday decoration in the background. Photo by John Whalen
John Wright lll and Bobby Brockington proudly watched as the last piece of primary structure, a 66-metric-ton catapult unit they helped build, was lifted over the dry dock onto the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier on May 7. The two shipbuilders are part of a tight-knit team of shipfitters, welders and structural fabrication and assembly crews that started building the ship’s catapult unit last July. “That unit represents a lot of welds and a lot of teamwork,” said Brockington, a welder who will celebrate his 38th anniversary at the shipyard in July. “We had a great team who worked closely together to build it. We were like a family.” The 75-foot-long catapult unit comprises four steel sections and is the last of the Ford’s 162 superlifts. “It looks a lot different in the air,” said Wright, a shipfitter who joined the company three years ago. “We worked on it flipped the other way and, watching the unit go in, I see why it’s so important to build things precisely and safely.” Another shipbuilder who contributed to the
milestone is John Mazach, a retired Navy vice admiral who served as vice president of business development at NNS from 2004 to 2008. Mazach, who called the order that initiated the lift, was instrumental in securing the first commitment and funding for the Ford-class program. To mark this milestone, Ship’s Sponsor Susan Ford Bales sent a written message to the more than 3,000 shipbuilders building the new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers named for her father, President Gerald R. Ford. “Your final superlift for the carrier might seem to be just a part of an ordinary workday at the shipyard, but this superlift is anything but ordinary,” she wrote. “Completing the structure of the Ford is a significant achievement and a shining example of the extraordinary skills of your shipbuilders. It also brings us one step closer to delivery of the carrier to the Navy and honoring Dad’s remarkable legacy of service to our nation as a naval officer in World War II and as commander-in-chief.” | By Gina Chew-Holman
SAVE THE DATE
GER ALD R. FORD (CVN 78) CHRISTENING
November 9, 2013
The forward end of one of the Gerald R. Fordâ€™s (CVN 78) catapults is hoisted into place on May 7. Photo by John Whalen
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Newport News Shipbuilding’s more than 600 active cranes are part of the shipyard’s personality, scenery and identity. The iconic 1,050-ton gantry crane, “Big Blue,” is not only how many outsiders identify the shipyard, it’s also a major landmark of the city. Special certification to keep these critical machines running is essential to shipyard operations. Cranes have been a vital part of construction since 1886, and the granddaddy of them all, located inside the Machine Shop, is more than 100 years old. To achieve such a life span, these complex machines require special attention and care, and the responsibility for inspections and ensuring cranes obtain certification lies on the shoulders of nine men and women on the Crane Inspection team. Each inspector is certified in at least one of many technical aspects: mechanical inspections, electrical inspections, wiring and structural inspections, and nondestructive inspections. Some of the inspectors are qualified for several or all of these specialized trades. This tightknit group does it all, not once, but twice each year on hundreds of cranes in the shipyard. “Before any production can begin on a crane, before any lifts can be made, the first step is certification or recertification, which entails a complete inspection, from electrical, braking and wire rope, to structural inspection,” explained Electrical Inspector William Hankins. To confirm a crane’s readiness to lift requires the crane to perform at 125 percent of its identified maximum load. Most tests can be done with steel weights, but “Big Blue” requires a special test rig filled with water to reach 1,312.5 tons for its load.
Some of the smaller crane inspections can be completed in a few hours by a handful of inspectors, but larger cranes like “Big Blue” and the 310-ton green crane require a collaborative effort of the entire crew over a 48-hour period. “You feel like you’re accomplishing something. Whether it’s cost-savings or time-savings, it’s good to pitch in and do your part,” said Electrical Inspector Travis Bracey. Working sometimes from more than 200 feet in the air, safety is of primary importance. Each job requires a work package, complete with checklists and a specific set of safety guidelines, which, along with planners, is compiled by Office Assistant Jodie McGowan. Perhaps the most unusual catalyst for a safer work environment is fear, which some of the inspectors were not afraid to admit is an issue. “I’m terrified of heights, but a healthy respect for them keeps you more alert when you’re up there above the shipyard,” said Wire Rope and Structural Inspector Renee Devitt. In addition to the numerous crane inspections completed annually, the team also conducts daily and quarterly inspections of the shipyard’s two locomotives, plus nine forklifts and even some of the shipyard’s buildings. The team also includes Wire Rope, Chain and Structural Inspectors Derrick Roberson and William Rascoe, Mechanical Inspectors Ralph Mann, Tony Babb and Jimmy Hawley, and Electrical Inspector Gary Powell, working together to ensure a safer, more productive work environment for all shipbuilders. | By Jeremy Bustin
NNS crane inspectors examine a 1962 “Whirler” crane, one of the more than 600 cranes the team inspects twice a year. Pictured clockwise from the top are: Renee Devitt, Tony Babb, Travis Bracey, William Hankins, Gary Powell and Ralph Mann. Photo by Ricky Thompson
Chief Engineer “I’m a local guy, born and raised in Poquoson, Virginia,” said Charles Southall, the chief engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). “I kind of grew up with an interesting mix of influences, one from the sea and another from the pursuit of engineering and technology.”
Southall has technical leadership for all the shipyard’s engineering disciplines (mechanical, structural, electrical, etc.) across product lines, ensuring that engineering standards in each discipline are the same across the shipyard. He and his principal engineers, the heads of each engineering discipline, are leading the effort to focus on technical rigor and measurable, continuous improvement within each discipline.
Coming from a family legacy of commercial fishing, his greatgrandfather, a part-time waterman and a welder at NNS, worked on Enterprise (CVN 65). His father, an aviator and a career NASA employee, introduced him to the world of science and technology.
A clear passion for Southall is transferring a thirst for understanding “why we do the things we do” to the next generation, both within engineering and on the waterfront. “Think about the first 20 years of nuclearpowered ship design. More than a dozen designs were produced in seven nuclear-capable shipyards, including Enterprise (CVN 65). We stand on the shoulders of incredible shipbuilders, including those like my greatgrandfather who built Enterprise. Now it’s our watch. We must pass on those perishable lessons-learned while pursuing our own thirst for knowledge.”
“As a boy, I remember going clamming with my grandfather and watching aircraft carriers and submarines come and go on the James River,” recalled Southall. “I never would have imagined that I would work with those great ships one day.” Southall started as a co-op engineering student at the shipyard. After being officially hired, he spent most of his career on submarines. “It didn’t take me long to figure out that working on submarines was pretty cool,” said Southall, who eventually became the director of Submarine Engineering before taking his current position. “I’m a career shipbuilder. I’ve been here since I started, and I’ll be here until I’m done.” Historically, most engineers have focused on the issues related to their primary product line – submarines or aircraft carriers. As chief engineer,
In keeping with this vision, engineering teams are exploring opportunities to support and strengthen training programs on the waterfront, programs that explain why things are done a certain way. “As engineers, our role is to join forces with the waterfront, to support the men and women who build and maintain our products. In doing so, our technical staff learns more from the craft perspective,” said Southall. “This is clearly a win-win situation for both aspects of our business.” “I like to think of NNS as a highly technical heavyindustry company with heart. For many of us, this is a family business,” said Southall. “We all have this enormous sense of purpose, that we’re part of something larger than ourselves. Whether we’re in the welding business, the rigging business or the engineering business, we share the same core values. We’re all shipbuilders.” | By Peter Stern
NNS Chief Engineer Charles Southall reflects on his family’s legacy that led him to pursue a career in engineering and technology. Southall’s great-grandfather, a welder at NNS, worked on Enterprise (CVN 65). Photo by Chris Oxley
Everyone’s a Winner at the Shipyard 5K The top three male and female finishers weren’t the only winners celebrating after the shipyard’s sixth annual 5K Fun Run and Walk ended on May 4 in Newport News’ Victory Landing Park.
and co-workers to get out and do something active together,” said Brady Goggin, HealthWaves’ program coordinator. “Everyone who came out for this event to promote good health was a winner.”
Last-place finishers Roslyn Long and her sister Rachelle Litiskas celebrated a different kind of victory.
5K participants were treated to free health massages, a Zumba warm up, fruit smoothies and other refreshments. Face painting and balloon sculptures entertained the children, and more than 100 shipyard employees and their family members volunteered to help during the event.
“We were the last two people through that finish line, but judging by the cheers and encouragement of everyone at the end, you would have thought we had won the race,” said Long. In 2003, a stroke left Long’s sister unable to talk, walk, read or write. Litiskas was not expected to recover and spent almost eight years in and out of rehabilitation. “Seeing her stride to the finish was the joyous end of a long and very challenging journey. It has been hard watching her go from a strong and vibrant military vet to relying on a cane to walk. Countless times throughout the race, I watched as she held her hip and struggled to put one foot in front of the other,” Long said. For the past three years, Litiskas has enjoyed coming to the 5K as a spectator and loves being a part of the shipyard family. “The 5K is a fun event that encourages families, friends,
For the second consecutive year, the Engineering and Design division came out in force, winning The Challenge Cup for most participants. Trophies were presented to the top three male and female finishers. Winners in the male category were Chuck Love, a shipyard family member, and shipbuilders Colin Meigs and Evan Danz. Female finishers in the top three were NNS’ Shameia Rogers, Whitney Dunning and Amanda Brelsford. “We laughed and cried all the way home.” Long said. “Hopefully, this will be the start of many more races and many more obstacles conquered by my sister. A 5K probably won’t change the world, but this Saturday it definitely changed a life.” | By Gina Chew-Holman HealthWaves Program Coordinator Emily McCarthy (back left) walked the last yards of the 5K with shipbuilder Roslyn Long, Long’s sister, Rachelle Litiskas (front, center) and NNS’ Valarie Gray in Victory Landing Park. Photo by Ricky Thompson
Making a Difference
Reaching out to soldiers
It’s the love for others that attracted Becky Webster to the Soldiers’ Angels organization. “I was looking for a way to show my support and appreciation to all those who sacrifice so much,” she said. “Soldiers’ Angels stood out because of the direct relationship they provide with a service member.”
and make pictures to send to our soldiers. We also support entire units stationed abroad by organizing magazine drives, stuffing stockings and sending holiday decorations,” she said. “The soldiers appreciate everything that is sent, and even share items with their buddies.”
Webster, a production planner and scheduler at Newport News Shipbuilding, has adopted more than 10 members from all branches of the military throughout her eightyear tenure with the organization. “The agreement of adopting a soldier involves sending a letter every week and at least one care package a month for the duration of the soldiers’ six- to 12-month deployment.”
In addition to supporting members of the armed forces, Webster also lends a helping hand to the soldiers’ families back at home. “I have helped organize virtual baby showers for the wives while their husbands are deployed, and have adopted families during the holidays,” she said. “When people are in need, our family always tries to help out the best way we can.” | By Lauren Ward
Over the years, Webster says that volunteering for the organization has become a family project. “My husband and two sons love to help pick out items, write letters
Production Planner and Scheduler Becky Webster, her husband Tim and their sons, Luke, 4 (left) and Jake, 6, prepare a care package for a soldier the family adopted. Photo by Ricky Thompson
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On April 25, the 24th annual Master Shipbuilders Recognition Ceremony honored 900 dedicated shipbuilders who have worked at Newport News Shipbuilding for 40 years or more. The 289 new Master Shipbuilders started at the shipyard in 1972, the same year the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN 68) was launched. While the world has changed drastically around them, their work has stood the test of time. America and the Navy still depend on the quality of the ships built by these shipbuilders over the past 40 years. It was a night full of fond memories as the shipbuilders reflected on their work and those they worked alongside. Kenneth Parker, a painting production supervisor, and David Gaines, a plastic foam fill supervisor, met for the first time in the employment office in 1972. “We talked a bit, and then while we were waiting, I dozed off,” recalled Parker. “When they started calling my name, David woke me up: ‘Hey man, they’re calling your name!’” “We’ve pretty much been friends ever since then, both in the shipyard and out,” said Gaines. “Our wives are friends, and we socialize together. We’re there for each other. He’s my best friend, really.” For Michelle Major, her first day was her strongest memory. “I can remember the first time I walked into
the shipyard as plain as day – it was raining and cold. I remember how big the shipyard felt.”
Leonard Harper, pipefitting trade director, described his experience: “My first impression when I came in was how big the place was,” said Harper, who delivered the invocation during the ceremony. “I’ve really enjoyed it – fitting pipe and seeing people grow. The shipyard has been good to us.”
Long-time Shipfitter William Lane said much has changed since he started. “A lot of good things have happened. Management treats us with a lot of respect. They value our opinion. They want to know how to make your job better.” For Paul McGuire, who develops non-nuclear inspection training, it was the ships he worked on that meant the most. “I got to work on Enterprise on its last overhaul, which meant a lot because my father worked on the original construction as an electrician, and my grandfather and uncles helped design the ship. Hopefully, one day, my son will have an opportunity to work here.” | By Peter Stern
Kenneth Parker and his wife Sharon (left) join David Gaines and his wife Betty (right) in celebrating 40 years of service. Best friends and now Master Shipbuilders, they met in the shipyard’s employment office in 1972. Photo by Chris Oxley
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Steven Dickens 40 years
Walter Gay 40 years
Herman Peoples 40 years
Tim Stepp 40 years
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NNS Dedicates 11th Habitat for Humanity House On May 1, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) dedicated its 11th Habitat for Humanity house in Hampton. NNS has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg since 2002 to build homes for families in Hampton Roads. A team of NNS volunteers began building the 1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Hampton in January. Ron Murray (front left), Newport News Shipbuilding’s vice president of quality and process excellence, watches as Treasure Wynder cuts the ribbon to her family’s new home. Behind Treasure are her sister and mother, Shakira and Shereen Wynder. Also pictured (left to right) are Michael Lee, vice president, United Steelworkers Local 8888; Shereen’s father, Teko Wynder; the Rev. Cecil Collier; Steve Brown, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority; David Hancock, president, Habitat for Humanity board of directors; and NNS employee Jeremy Scicchitano. Photo by John Whalen
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