Hoops 4 Hope Set for Saturday, April 21, 2018

Boys and girls ages 12-18 are invited to come to the Pascagoula Recreation Department this Saturday, April 21, to play basketball in the free Hoops 4 Hope event. Members of the Pascagoula High School Panthers and Lady Panthers basketball teams will serve as coaches and referees. The students will play on teams alongside the Pascagoula Police Deparment, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by the drafting of the teams at 9 a.m. with games to begin at 10 a.m. A free hamburger and hot dog cookout will be held at noon. The event is open free to Pascagoula residents. Boys and girls ages 5-11 are welcome to attend to assist with the event.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for DDG 51-Class Follow Yard Services

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $27 million cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy today for follow yard services in the Navy’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) program.

The contract, which provides liaison and technical support, engineering, design and configuration management, systems engineering, turn-key management and crew indoctrination, includes four option years with a total potential contract value of $181.4 million if all options are exercised.

“This contract highlights our shipyard’s versatility in handling all aspects of shipbuilding for the Navy,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We have a long tradition of building DDG 51 class ships and this contract supports configuration management and engineering design support of the construction contracts. We look forward to continuing this success in providing the most technologically advanced destroyers to the U.S. Navy so the men and women sailing these ships will have the most modern tools necessary to protect our freedom.”

Ingalls has delivered 30 Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers to the U.S. Navy. Destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) and Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123).

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. The guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

 

 

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Under the Sea Super Saturday Set This Weekend

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The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will host its Under the Sea Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center. The event is open free to the public, rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Featured exhibitors will be the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, USM Marine Education Center, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Mississippi Coast Fly Fisher, The Nature Conservancy, Pascagoula Recreation Center, Girl Scouts and Excel by 5.

All of the themed rooms will be open for play including Wetland Animals, Pirate Ship, Main Street, Toddler Town, block room, virtual reality, flight simulator room, planetarium, iMac lab, miniature golf and the playground.

The center is located at 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. For more information, call Kelli McCorkle, at 228-938-6418.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $94 Million Advance Procurement Contract For A 10th National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $94 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard today to purchase long-lead materials for a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC).

“National Security Cutters continue to be extremely important assets for the coastal defense of our homeland,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “These ships are enabling the Coast Guard’s missions in not only defending our shores, but also in the detection and interdiction of drugs and other contraband. Our shipbuilders in Mississippi look forward to continuing this hot production line and producing additional high-quality, state-of-the-art cutters for the men and women of the Coast Guard.”

 

Photos of HII-built NSCs.

The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 10, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.

Ingalls has delivered six NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service in the 1960s. Ingalls’ seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard later this year. Midgett(WMSL 757), is scheduled to start builder’s trials in the fourth quarter, and Stone (WMSL 758) is scheduled to launch this summer.

NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

 

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VT Halter Marine Starts Construction on America’s First Offshore LNG ATB Unit

Pascagoula, Miss. — VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), held a ceremony on March 8, 2018 to commence construction on America’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit.

“We are honored to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built. We believe  that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice,” said Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.

In November 2017, VT Halter Marine was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.

“I’m looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with VT Halter Marine and the ATP project is only the beginning. The cutting of this steel for America’s first LNG ATB bunkering vessel will pave the way for LNG to becoming the marine fuel of the future,” said Shane J. Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Q-LNG Transport.

The ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and dimensions of 128′ x 42′ x 21′. The barge is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, and will have dimensions of 324′ x 64′ x 32′.6″. The LNG ATB Unit is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and the International Gas Carrier (IGC) code as an LNG bunkering barge. Anticipated delivery of the first unit is in the first quarter of 2020.

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VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, research and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronic, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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Pay It Forward Friday: Larry Hawkins II on Purpose, Principles, and Pascagoula

Larry Hawkins II

Larry Hawkins II is passionate about his purpose in life. A purpose centered not on him, but on others.

The pursuit of purpose brought Larry to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Not his own pursuit — but his father’s. Larry Hawkins Sr. had followed his calling to become head pastor of Union Baptist Church. Just like that, Larry’s parents made Pascagoula their home with a one-year-old son. The Union Baptist Church family quickly embraced them, and he became known as “Little Larry”.

 

“Pascagoula is ingrained in who I am as a person,” Larry Hawkins II says, “I am a product of the Pascagoula School District. I’m also a product of Bethel Christian Academy’s after school care and the Andrew Johnson Boys and Girls Club. My childhood was filled with little league baseball and basketball, trips to Anderson’s Bakery, and burgers from Mr. Jack’s burger spot behind Trent Lott Middle School. The southern hospitality of holding doors open for other people, saying ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no sir’, and looking out for your neighbor were all taught to me by my hometown.”

These moments described by Larry helped prepare him for his journey toward adulthood when he left home at sixteen. His decision to attend the Mississippi School for Math and Science (MSMS) was hard for several reasons — the main one being that he would have to leave the place he’d called home for fifteen years. From attending MSMS and graduating from Mississippi State University with an Electrical Engineering degree, to moving with his wife to Austin, TX, Larry felt he was getting further and further away from home.

It was during this journey that Larry discovered his purpose. In 2014, his passion for helping others manifested into a full-time business: Hawkins Development Group. The business takes him further from home as he travels the world, inspiring others to find their own purpose. However, from the first moment he stood before a group of people, he knew that he had found his home away from home. After helping nearly 3,000 people, Larry’s faith in his mission has only grown.

In January of 2018, Larry published his first book: 5 Principles to a Purposeful Life. He wrote it to capture what he’d learned throughout his journey in a way that would inspire others to find their own versions of success. The book includes key components for the pursuit of purpose that he discovered over years of helping others. He also captured moments from lessons he learned watching his dad lead the church, his mom nurture children in Pascagoula, and playing in little league basketball. As he wrote this book, Larry realized just how much Pascagoula had traveled with him everywhere life had taken him.

During Larry’s journey, Pascagoula was with him every time someone complimented his manners and hospitality. Every time someone thanked him for being considerate, Pascagoula was with him. Any time someone was impressed with how open-minded and engaging he was, Pascagoula was with him. Everywhere Larry goes and everywhere his book goes, Pascagoula goes also. He walks a path of purpose in pursuit of inspiring others, and Pascagoula, Mississippi, walks with him.

Larry Hawkins II wrote “5 Principles to a Purposeful Life” in four days, but the journey to that moment started 30 years ago when he was given the privilege of calling Pascagoula his home. Learn more about Larry and Hawkins Development Group at www.HawkDG.com. To order a copy of “5 Principles to a Purposeful Life,” visit www.HawkDG.com/store or www.amazon.com.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes 70 Percent of Structural Work on Future Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has built 70 percent of the structures necessary to complete the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

Like its predecessor, the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Kennedy is being built with a modular construction technique where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structures called superlifts. The superlifts are pre-outfitted and hoisted into Dry Dock 12—where the ship is being built—by the company’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane.

Shipbuilders have successfully erected 317 lifts since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Kennedy is on track to be completed with 447 total lifts.

The recent 806-metric ton superlift consisted of 17 individual units and was about 171 feet long and about 92 feet wide. The structure comprises berthing areas, electrical equipment rooms and workshops and took 18 months to build.

“This superlift is in the forward part of the ship, about halfway between the bow and midship,” said Mike Butler, program director of CVN 79. “It represents one of the key build strategy changes for Kennedy: building superlifts that are larger and more complete before they are erected on the ship. We are pleased with how construction on the Kennedy is progressing, and we look forward to additional milestones as we inch closer to christening of the ship.”

Kennedy is scheduled to launch in 2020.

806-metric ton superlift structure of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups.Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.

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Black History Month: NAACP Moss Point – Jackson County and Chevron hosted Honorable Andrew Young, U.N. Ambassador, Civil Rights Leader

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PASCAGOULA – NAACP Moss Point-Jackson County Branch partnered with Chevron Pascagoula Refinery to host a breakfast reception and presentation with the Honorable Andrew Young on February 6. Young is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. An early leader in the civil rights movement, he later became active in politics—serving first as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and, finally, Mayor of Atlanta. 

Over 200 people attended, including about 20 students from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point. Chevron partnered with the NAACP to bring Young to speak about his experiences and remaining positive in the face of adversity.

Alan Sudduth, Chevron Public and Government Affairs Manager for Mississippi, welcomed the audience  Then Reggie Aaron, Chevron engineer and leader of refinery’s Black Employee Network, introduced Young. for his keynote address.

“I’ve been around a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things,” Young said, “and it upsets me when people say things are no better now than they were back in the 60s.

“Even though things are so much better, they’re still not perfect. So what I try to do is help us understand where we are…. I lived in New Orleans in the middle of a block with an Irish grocery store on one corner, an Italian bar on another, the Nazi Party was on the third corner—and they were hailing Hitler. I was born in 1932, this was about 1936, and I remember it because the way my father explained to me about racism was to take me to the segregated movie to see Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics. And he says about the white supremacists who were in the Nazi Party, who were hailing Hitler 50 yards from where I was born, that white supremacy is a sickness. And you don’t let sick people get you upset—you don’t get mad with sick people. He was a dentist, and he said, when people wake me up in the middle of the night with their teeth hurting, I don’t get mad, I try to fix them.

“You don’t ever get mad with people who are sick. And he said ‘don’t get mad, get smart. If you lose your temper in a fight, you lose the fight.

“Things are changing—and one of the things that we learned as children is the world is everchanging, but God is still the same. So order my steps, and I will praise your name! Now, if that’s where we’re coming from, the world has never been as good as it is today.” 

Closing remarks were delivered by Curley Clark, President of the Moss Point-Jackson County NAACP.

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