Newport News Shipbuilding 137th Anniversary

Published January 27, 2023

Jan. 28, 2023, marks 137 years since Collis P. Huntington founded Newport News Shipbuilding. On that day in 1886, the General Assembly of Virginia authorized a charter allowing what was then known as the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Co. to purchase land, build a dry dock and begin building and repairing ships. Over the years, generations of shipbuilders have kept Huntington’s vision alive – including the more than 25,000 shipbuilders on NNS’ team today.