Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has moved destroyer Delbert D Black (DDG 119) to Pier Four on the east bank of the Pascagoula River.
This move signifies the reopening of the facility, which was decimated during Hurricane Katrina.
The reactivated 187-acre east bank features areas to improve safety, an optimised ship assembly area and storage facilities. It also includes a fully restored pier for vessels to dock upon arrival from sea trials.
The east bank will house Delbert D Black and its crew until its scheduled sail-away date later this year.
During the reactivation project, Ingalls recycled more than 100,000t of concrete for the construction of a road base on the east bank.
LED technology will be used for all the interior and exterior lighting on the east bank.
Several historical features from the original east bank facilities were incorporated into new structures, including all of the bricks from a 1930s guard house and a concrete slab with the initials of Robert Ingalls Sr, the founder of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s initials.
Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “This restoration and modernisation project demonstrates our commitment to continuously enhancing our shipbuilding facilities to increase capability and ensure future growth.
“In reopening the east bank, we celebrate the 80-plus year legacy of those Ingalls shipbuilders who came before us, and look forward to continuing Ingalls’ legacy of building the finest ships in the world for decades to come.”
Last month, HII Ingalls’ Shipbuilding division secured a $187.46m contract from the US Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9.