Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Update: More than 160 applied for Shipbuilding’s voluntary severance program

John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at Newport News Shipbuilding (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)
John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at Newport News Shipbuilding (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

NEWPORT NEWS – More than 160 people out of “more than” 2,500 eligible employees applied for Newport News Shipbuilding‘s voluntary severance program. And the shipbuilding company doesn’t plan on extending the deadline.

“Folks who didn’t apply for it will continue working as usual,” said Duane Bourne, spokesman for the shipbuilding company, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The deadline to apply for the voluntary severance program was Jan. 7.

Bourne said the company’s leadership is reviewing the applications, which will either be accepted or denied, and a small number of employees may be asked to stay a little longer to complete critical project and turnover.

Last month, NNS received additional funding to two existing Navy contracts, a combined $240 million, and is expected to receive a new contract for two aircraft carriers. Read more about the shipyard’s current projects here.

Bourne said the contracts don’t affect company’s restructuring in any way.

Newport News Shipbuilding plans to hire an additional 2,500 shipyard employees this year.

The exact number of employees eligible for the voluntary severance program remains unclear.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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