HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding Honors Employees for Continuous Service

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (June 1, 2023) — HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division is honoring 45 employees who in 2023 achieve 40 years of continuous service to the company. HII refers to this elite group as “master shipbuilders,” a designation reserved for individuals whose contributions span four decades, nearly half of Ingalls’ 85-year shipbuilding legacy.

“The talent and dedication of these master shipbuilders distinguishes Ingalls within the industry and enables us to build the complex ships that are vital to our national security,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “Shipbuilding is difficult and rewarding work, and these individuals have built their own legacies here at Ingalls. We are thankful and congratulate them on this special accomplishment.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding employs more than 11,000 individuals and is the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi. As a major contributor to the economic growth of Mississippi and Alabama, Ingalls is committed to the long-term viability of their workforce and surrounding communities.

Master shipbuilder Paula Hollis describes the benefits of a career at Ingalls saying, “Along the Gulf Coast, this is one of the best jobs you could have. It has employed lots of people, raised a bunch of families and sent kids to college.”

Master shipbuilders typically hold various positions within the company over their careers. From talent recruitment, to training the next generation of shipbuilders, to designing, building and testing ships, each role supports delivering important capabilities to our nation.

“You have to be dedicated to be a master at anything,” master shipbuilder Rickey Triplett said. “Every day won’t be easy, every day won’t be hard, but you have to be patient and want to do the work.”

Watch the video below to hear more from some of the 2023 master shipbuilders and what has contributed to their 40-year career at Ingalls Shipbuilding.



Rick Atwood
Ronn Besselievre
Reginald Bridges
Gary Dodge
Gene Fricke
Joe Gandy
Lee Hancock
Kenny Hodges
Bobby Jackson Jr.
Danny Lalley
Gary Lundy
Gary Morlas
Mike Ross, Jr.
Barbara Trytten
Paul Warren II
  Doug Baggett
Jeff Blackwell
Perry Clark
Greg Dupree
Richard Gagnon Jr.
Woody Goff
Glenn Heal
Paula Hollis
George Killingsworth
Catherine Lee
Kirk Massey
Charles Perry
Mark Steer
Cathy Unger
Royce Winbush
  Kirk Barnard
Brett Bosarge
Lee Dickerson
Stewart Frederic
Craig Gandy
Mark Hamilton
Alan Hinton
Jeff House
Lester Kirk
Mark Leonard
Lori May
Carl Randall
Rickey Triplett
Mark Waddell
Jim Wylie

For more information about a career at Ingalls Shipbuilding, visit hii.com/careers.


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