In anticipation of adding additional personnel and future ship competitions, Ingalls Shipbuilding announced various realignment plans during the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, Sea Power Magazine reported Wednesday.
Irwin Edenzon, Ingalls Shipbuilding president, said that the company plans to add 2,500 people at its yard in Pascagoula, Miss., by the end of 2014.
Ingalls is also opening a Maritime Training Academy in Pascagoula.
“The issue for shipbuilding is not infrastructure,” Edenzon said. “The issue for shipbuilding is workforce. The investment we’re making in human capital is a more critical investment than physical capital. We need shipbuilders!”
The company added that it has made a $109,000 investment in science, technology, engineering and math for schools in the Gulf Coast.