The French first started building ships here in the
1700s,keyindustries_shipbuilding but the old Gulf Coast industry is hardly
recognizable today. Undergoing some major changes with the introduction of new shipbuilding materials and high-tech methods of production, it's both a heavy industry and one of the most technical.

South Mississippi is at the center of the largest shipbuilding region in the nation, and it is home
to the biggest shipbuilder of them all—
Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls.
Jackson County, Mississippi is where most of the nation’s surface warships are built, as well as crucial equipment for deep-water exploration.

While it's generally known that South Mississippi is a major player in the shipbuilding industry, what may be less well known is that the Gulf Coast over the past 25 years has slowly grabbed a larger piece of the nation's shipbuilding pie. While the number of major shipyards on the East Coast and the West Coast have decreased, the number on the Gulf Coast has remained relatively high. What's more, there's a growing synergy in this region, with both the aerospace and advanced materials sectors growing.

Read more about the Mississippi Gulf Coast Shipbuilding Corridor »

Ingalls wins NSC contract

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build

Navy orders more MQ-8Cs

Northrop Grumman is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It brings to

Senators praise Northrop over contract

MOSS POINT, Miss. – Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker praised Northrop Grumman and the city for two separate contracts to build additional

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