Avondale Shipyard

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Avondale Shipyard was an independent shipbuilding company, acquired by Litton Industries, in turn acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation. Now, along with the former Ingalls Shipbuilding, the yard is part of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The yard is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in an area called Bridge City, approximately 20 miles (32 km) upriver from New Orleans, Louisiana near Westwego, Louisiana. It was the site of the modernization of the USS Iowa in the early 1980s and also constructed some of the lighter aboard ships (LASH). At one time, it was the largest employer in the state of Louisiana with about 26,000 employees.


The company was founded in 1938 as Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., which began its activities by building boats and barges for navigation on the Mississippi. In 1941, the company has employed only 200 workers.

After World War II, Avondale took advantage of the expansion of the oil industry in Louisiana to build barges for oil drilling and other vessels required for research and oil exploration in the region. The development of river traffic also allowed the Avondale shipyard to expand its ship repair activities.

In mid-2010, Northrop Grumman announced its intention to close the Avondale yard by 2013 and consolidate its Gulf coast shipbuilding operations at its Pascagoula, MS yard. Northrop Grumman did a Spin off of (NGSB) Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to Huntington Ingalls Inc. effective as of March 31, 2011. The Avondale yard is now Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale Operation, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Inc.. In February 2013 Avondale Plant was reorganized and entered sector of oil and gas production equipment.[1]

Ships built[edit]

Green Bay (LPD-20) ready for launching, 13 November 2004, Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, LA.,

Ships built by Avondale include:


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Coordinates: 29°55′26″N 90°11′06″W / 29.924°N 90.185°W / 29.924; -90.185