Gene Hunt is director of Fleet Support Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2019, he is responsible for all aspects of off-site submarine and aircraft carrier fleet support, including Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) - class fleet support work.
Hunt began his shipbuilding career in 1983 on Submarine Refueling and Overhaul after transitioning from Newport News Industrial in support of the nuclear commercial power industry. After spending time on the construction side of the business, he qualified as STE on both Enterprise and Nimitz - class power plants. There he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including chief test engineer, before returning to Enterprise as nuclear superintendent till the end of her service. Then he transitioned to new construction carrier and completed the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) launch and electrical light off of the ship. He then returned to Carrier Fleet Support on both Nimitz class and Ford class carriers. He has led the NNS efforts on 21 total CNO availabilities and most recently completed the PIA on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) as NNS Program lead.
A 1981 graduate of Ferrum College, Hunt holds a bachelor’s degree in business as well as various technical qualifications. Gene is a member of the Nautilus Society of Reactor Plant Test Engineers, and served his city of Poquoson for 25 years as Council Member and Mayor in addition to his work at Newport News Shipbuilding.
About Newport News Shipbuilding:
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard’s vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 23,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.