The future of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) naval ship composites yard in Gulfport, Miss., is now in limbo with the U.S. Navy’s decision to use a steel deckhouse for the next Zumwalt destroyer. At the same time, HII is considering commercial shipbuilding work to keep open its Avondale yard in Louisiana, but only with the right partner to mitigate risks. A decade ago, HII’s Gulfport composites facility looked as though it was anchored by the new DDG-1000 Zumwalt destroyer ...


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