Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, was honored by the Coast Guard Foundation at the 35th annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard last week in New York City.
Petters and HII were recognized for their support of the Coast Guard Foundation and its mission.
Anne Brengle, the foundation's president, said Petters and Ingalls, which has a shipyard in Pascagoula, have collaborated with the Coast Guard across the country, where Coast Guard members are stationed and at the Coast Guard Academy where the future leaders are training.
"To be a shipbuilder is one of the coolest things you could be," Petters said. "But we know that the ships aren't complete until they get a crew."
Ingalls builds Legend-class National Security Cutters, the flagships of the Coast Guard. It has delivered Bertholf (WMSL 750), Waesche (WMSL 751), Stratton (WMSL 752), Hamilton (WMSL 753) and James (WMSL 754). Construction has begun on Munro (WMSL 755), Kimball (WMSL 756) and Midgett (WMSL 757).