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Encyclopedia > Newport News Shipbuilding
The newly constructed USS Birmingham is launched from the Newport News yards in 1942
The newly constructed USS Birmingham is launched from the Newport News yards in 1942

Northrop Grumman Newport News, formerly called Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS), is the largest privately owned shipyard in the United States and the only one that can build Nimitz-class supercarriers. It is located in Newport News, Virginia, and often participates in projects with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, also located adjacent to Hampton Roads. Image File history File links USS Birmingham is launched from Newport News shipyards on March 20, 1942. ... Image File history File links USS Birmingham is launched from Newport News shipyards on March 20, 1942. ... Small shipyard in Klaksvík (Faroe Islands), reparing fishing vessels Dockyards and shipyards are places which repair and build ships. ... The Nimitz class supercarriers are the largest warships in the world. ... USS , a typical supercarrier, and HMS Illustrious, a light V/STOL aircraft carrier on a joint patrol. ... Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Aerial View of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a U.S. Navy facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, for building, remodeling, and repairing the Navys ships. ... Portsmouth (pronounced Port-smith) is an independent city located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Hampton Roads, from state map of pre-civil war Virginia circa 1858 Hampton Roads is the name of both a body of water and the land areas which surround it in southeastern Virginia in the United States. ...


In the 1880s, Collis P. Huntington created the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad to transfer coal from the Ohio River valley to Newport News, Virginia. In 1886, he built a shipyard to repair ships servicing this transportation hub. In 1891, Newport News Shipbuilding delivered its first ship, a tugboat named Dorothy. By 1897, NNS had built three warships for the U.S. Navy: Nashville, Wilmington, and Helena. // Events and Trends Technology Development and commercial production of electric lighting Development and commercial production of gasoline-powered automobile by Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Maybach First commercial production and sales of phonographs and phonograph recordings. ... Collis Potter Huntington (October 22, 1821 – August 13, 1900) was one of the Big Four of western railroading (along with Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins and Charles Crocker) who built the Southern Pacific Railroad and other major interstate train lines. ... The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) was a Class I railroad formed in 1869 in Virginia from many smaller railroads begun in the 19th century. ... Coal is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by deep mining, coal mining (open-pit mining or strip mining). ... Carl D. Perkins Bridge in Portsmouth, Ohio with Ohio River and Scioto River tributary on right. ... Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ... 1886 is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... 1891 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1897 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Three ships of the United States Navy (and two of the Confederate Navy) have been named USS Nashville in honor of the capital of Tennessee. ... Only one vessel of the United States Navy has been named USS Wilmington, after the city of Wilmington, Delaware, although the name was intended for two others. ... Four vessels of the United States Navy have been named USS Helena, after the city of Helena, Montana. ...


In 1906, the revolutionary HMS Dreadnought launched a great naval race worldwide. Between 1907 and 1923, Newport News built six of the U.S. Navy's total of 22 dreadnoughts -- Delaware, Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Maryland, and West Virginia -- and all but the first would still be in active service in World War II. 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The sixth HMS Dreadnought of the British Royal Navy was the first battleship to have a uniform main battery, rather than having a secondary battery of similar sized guns. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Dreadnought may refer to HMS Dreadnought, the name of several warships of the Royal Navy A generic term for early 20th century battleships following the launch of the revolutionary HMS Dreadnought in 1906 A popular term for any large, impressive mechanical device, particularly British or Australian trams from the early... There have been at least six United States Navy ships named Delaware, after the 1st state of the Union. ... Three ships of the United States Navy have borne (and a fourth will soon bear) the name USS Texas, in honor of Texas, a region that, after being taken from its natives by first Spain and then Mexico, and later becoming an independent republic, was admitted to the United States... Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Pennsylvania in honor of the second state. ... Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Mississippi in honor of the 20th state. ... Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Maryland in honor of the seventh state. ... Three ships of the United States Navy have been named USS West Virginia in honor of the 35th state. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Great White Fleet on its round-the-world voyage. Seven of its 16 battleships were built by NNS. Between 1918 and 1920, NNS delivered 25 destroyers, and after World War I, NNS began building aircraft carriers. Ranger was delivered in 1934, and NNS went on to build Yorktown and Enterprise. 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th (1901–09) President of the United States. ... The Great White Fleet steaming in column; the USS Kansas at left. ... HMS Victory in 1884 HMS Dreadnought the first all-big-gun battleship. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... USS Lassen, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet or battle group and defend them against smaller, short-range attackers (originally torpedo boats, later submarines and aircraft). ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machine guns, and poison gas. ... An aircraft carrier is a warship whose main role is to deploy and recover aircraft—in effect acting as a sea-going airbase. ... Eight ships of the United States Navy have borne the name Ranger. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... At least five ships of the United States Navy have borne the name Yorktown, to commemorate of the decisive Battle of Yorktown in the American Revolutionary War. ... USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy and the seventh US Navy ship of that name. ...


By 1940, the Navy had ordered seven more aircraft carriers and four cruisers. Still, the company swiftly filled requests for "Liberty ships" that were needed during the war. It founded an emergency yard on the banks of the Cape Fear River and launched its first Liberty ship before the end of 1941, building 239 in all. For its contributions during the war, the Navy awarded the company its "E" pennant for excellence in ship construction. 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... USS Port Royal, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, launched in 1994. ... SS is one of only two surviving Liberty ships. ... The Cape Fear River, shown highlighted, with its tributaries The Cape Fear River is a 202 mi (325 km) long river in east central North Carolina in the United States. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In the post-war years, NNS built the famous passenger liner SS United States, which set a transatlantic speed record that still stands today. In 1954, NNS, together with Westinghouse and the Navy, developed and built a prototype nuclear reactor for a carrier propulsion system. NNS designed the Enterprise in 1960. In 1959 NNS launched its first nuclear-powered submarine, Shark as well as the ballistic missile submarine Robert E. Lee. The SS United States (also known as The Big U) is an ocean liner built in 1952. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Westinghouse logo (designed by Paul Rand) The Westinghouse Electric Company, headquartered in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is an organization founded by George Westinghouse in 1886. ... Core of a nuclear reactor A nuclear reactor is a device in which nuclear chain reactions are initiated, controlled, and sustained at a steady rate (as opposed to a nuclear explosion, where the chain reaction occurs in a split second). ... The eighth USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the worlds first nuclear aircraft carrier and the seventh U.S. Navy ship of the name. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... HMS Vanguard, a Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMCS Windsor, a Victoria-class diesel-electric hunter-killer (SSK) submarine HMAS Rankin, a Collins-class diesel-electric guided missile (SSG) submarine USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate... Seven United States Navy ships have borne the name Shark. ... SSBN is the United States Navy Hull classification symbol for a fleet ballistic missile submarine. ... USS (SSBN-601), a George Washington-class submarine, was the only submarine of the United States Navy to be named for Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. ...


In the 1970s, NNS launched two of the largest tankers ever built in the western hemisphere and also constructed three liquefied natural gas carriers -- at over 390,000 deadweight tons, the largest ever built in the United States. In the 1980s, NNS produced a variety of Navy products, including Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carriers and Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarines. On November 7, 2001, NNS signed a merger agreement with Northrop Grumman, the combination creating a $4 billion shipyard now called Northrop Grumman Newport News. The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... A tanker is a ship designed to transport liquids in bulk. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989, however in a pop cultural sense The Eighties sometimes includes at least some aspects of 1979 and 1990, or more or less the era between the end of the Disco era of the 1970s and... The Nimitz class supercarriers are the largest warships in the world. ... The Los Angeles-class attack submarines (SSN) is the most numerous class of nuclear powered submarines built by any nation, and forms the bulk of the U.S. attack submarine force as of 2004. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of a 1994 merger between Northrop and Grumman. ...


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Newport News Shipbuilding - definition of Newport News Shipbuilding in Encyclopedia (492 words)
Northrop Grumman Newport News, formerly called Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS), is the largest privately owned shipyard in the United States and the only one that can build Nimitz-class supercarriers.
It is located in Newport News, Virginia, and often participates in projects with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, also located adjacent to Hampton Roads.
Between 1907 and 1923, Newport News built six of the U.S. Navy's total of 22 dreadnoughts -- Delaware, Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Maryland, and West Virginia -- and all but the first would still be in active service in World War II.
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