A former employee of Huntington Ingalls Industries is accusing the manufacturer of falsifying stealth coating test results on submarines, and thus placing the sailors who would staff the vessels in peril.
Task and Purpose, the digital media company, reported Oct. 3 that the whistleblowing former employee deliberately filed false records relating to the special hull treatments on Virginia-class submarines, while taking “shortcuts” that would reduce the treatments’ stealth-related efficacy. The suit alleges that the faulty work took place at Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding facility in Virginia. The whistleblower is identified as Ari Lawrence, a former senior engineer at Huntington Ingalls. The case is pending in federal court.