Heat & Weather Update

Published July 7, 2021

July 7: Liberal Leave Due to Heat Offered in Specific Areas of the Shipyard; NNS Monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa

Newport News Shipbuilding is currently conducting normal operations, however, due to the high heat index, some areas of the company will offer liberal leave today – Wednesday, July 7.

Liberal leave will be instituted in areas where employees cannot be located to cooler locations or adequate conditions cannot be created to reduce the effect of heat at the worksite. If you are eligible for liberal leave your supervisor will notify you.

Liberal leave on Wednesday, July 7, will be for afternoon shifts that have a normal start time prior to 6 p.m. They will begin their shift at 6 p.m. Night shifts that have a normal start of 6 p.m. or later will start their shift at their regular time. All other locations will not implement liberal leave, but will implement hot weather precautions.


Additionally, NNS is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa. Based on the current forecast, we anticipate inclement weather to impact the Hampton Roads area tomorrow evening – Thursday, July 8. We will continue to monitor conditions and if shipyard operations are impacted due to inclement weather, information will be communicated via the following company communication channels:

  • Employee Information Phone Line (1-877-871-2058)
  • NNS email and company websites
  • Send Word Now
  • NNS to Go app
  • Social media (HII pages and Jennifer Boykin’s Facebook page)