It may not be the first iPad app issued by a credit union, but Navy Federal’s new iPad app – released Monday – is intended to be a from-the-ground-up revisiting of what the nation’s largest credit union’s members want from a tablet app, said assistant vice president for eChannels Meghan Gound.

The $54 billion Navy started work on the app about 18 months ago, said Gound, who stressed, “We do our development in-house.” That work sometimes involved a project management team of as many as 60, she said, but in Navy’s views, the stakes are large: “This is about reinforcing our connections with our members. We wanted an app that is useful and convenient,” said Gound.

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