THE COAST 83 THE COAST 83 INGALLS Located on 800 acres in Pascagoula, Ingalls Shipbuilding has become known as one of the nation’s top ship manufacturers. With more than 11,000 employees, the shipyard is the largest industrial employer in Mississippi and part of the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States, which produces almost 70 percent of ships for the U.S. Navy. Notably, the company is responsible for constructing thirty-five Aegis DDG 51 guided missile destroyers—the most advanced surface combat ships in the world. Ingalls has already delivered twenty-nine of these destroyers and is in the process of building six more as a result of a $3.3 billion contract awarded to the company in 2013. Ingalls is also building the entire LPD 17 San Antonio Class of innovative ships, as well as LHA multi-purpose assault ships for the U.S. Navy. Additionally, Ingalls manufactures ships for the United States Coast Guard, including the National Security Cutter, the flag ship of the Coast Guard fleet. The company also constructs ships for the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as foreign and commercial buyers. Today, Ingalls continues its seventy-nine year legacy as a pioneer in quality, technologically advanced shipbuilding. PHOTOS COURTESY OF INGALLS SHIPBUILDING