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In brief: Two local men set state fishing records

BILOXI, Mississippi – Two Jackson County men set three of five Mississippi state fishing records that were certified by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in July.

Doug Borries of Ocean Springs set two fly fishing records. The first was for Shark Sucker (Echeneis naucrate) with a 3-pound intake, 4.8 ounces. The second record catch was a small tuna (Euthynnus alletteratus) with a hold of 14 pounds and 2.4 ounces.

Gautier’s Jimmy Boleware set a new record using conventional plating to land a 16-pound, 8-ounce Pomfret Keeltail (Taracte rubescens).

Two other state records were certified by the MDMR: David Rogers of Coden, Alabama, set a new record with a Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) weighing 377 pounds, 4 ounces; while Mason Watts, 12, of Long Beach, set a youth record for Red Snapper (Litjanus campechanus) with a hold of 19 pounds and 1 ounce.

Retired Ingalls President Brian Cuccias honored by Navy League

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – Retired Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias received the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award by the Navy League of the United States at the annual Sea-Air-Space Expo this week at National Harbor Md.

The Nimitz Prize honors an industry leader who has made a major contribution to the country’s maritime strength or to the improvement of national security. The Award Committee, appointed by the National President of the Navy League, selects a nominee who best exemplifies the leadership, statesmanship and dedication to the nation shown by the namesake of the award.

Cuccias, who retired from Ingalls in April, has been appointed by Huntington Ingalls Industries chairman / CEO Mike Petters. Cuccias has been recommended by government and industry leaders, including US Navy Vice Admiral William “Bill” Galinis, Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command.

Appointed President of Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2014, Cuccias was responsible for all programs and operations of the Pascagoula shipyard. His career began in 1979 when he joined Litton Data Systems as a financial analyst on several Navy programs.

Prior to becoming President of Ingalls, Cuccias held various positions of increasing responsibility within the division, including Vice President, Amphibious Vessel Programs and Vice President, Program Management.

Will Kimbrough to perform at Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – Nashville-based singer / songwriter Will Kimbrough will headline “Jazz Fest Unplugged” in Pascagoula later this month.

Kimbrough, from Mobile, Alabama, will perform in the Grand Magnolia Ballroom on August 20 with special guest Ross Newell. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are available at

Kimbrough has four co-writing credits with Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett on Buffett’s latest release, “Life on the Flip Side,” bringing the total to nearly 20 Kimbrough or Buffett / Kimbrough songs that Buffett recorded on his last nine albums.

Kimbrough befriended Gulf Coast’s favorite Son of a Son of A Sailor almost two decades ago, and it’s true he loves coming home to play his music and sing his songs. , in particular in Pascagoula.

“I am always excited to play Pascagoula,” said Kimbrough. “It’s gonna be a good time, and I hope to see everyone there.”

The multi-talented Kimbrough has written, recorded, performed and produced for and with Buffett, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Mac McAnally, Mavis Staples, John Prine, Todd Snider and Little Feat, to name a few.

Halter Marine Wins $ 149 Million Contract for Oceanographic Research Vessel

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – Halter Marine has won a $ 149 million contract to design and build an Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGS 67) for the US Navy.

This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by adding a third government program to its shipyard as well as the Polar Security Cutter and Auxiliary Personnel Lighter-Small programs, ”said Halter Marine President and CEO Bob Merchent.

The contract will allow Halter to add around 250 skilled jobs to its workforce, Merchent added. AGS 67 will be the eighth of the Scout-class built for the Navy by Halter Marine.

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