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Nation’s largest military shipbuilder plans to hire 3,000

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (AP) ― The nation’s largest military shipbuilder announced plans to hire 3,000 workers in Virginia this year.

Huntington Ingalls Industries said the planned hire includes 250 engineers and designers. Spokesperson Christie Miller said its facility in Newport News is also recruiting IT professionals, welders and shipfitters.

The yard builds and overhauls nuclear aircraft carriers. Large portions of submarines are also built there.

The Daily Press in Newport News reports profits are soaring at the company overall, driven in large part by its Gulf Coast shipyard. The facility in Mississippi builds destroyers and amphibious warships for the Navy as well as large Coast Guard cutters.

The yard in Virginia currently employs about 20,000 people. It is the state’s largest industrial employer.

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