US Navy surface warfare association, 26th national symposium



Admiral Bill Gortney, US Navy Fleet



The U.S. Navy's new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) was unveiled in a keynote address delivered at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Crystal City, Va. on January 15 2014.

Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Admiral Bill Gortney explained the changes to the new O-FRP, addressing Quality of Service and blending both Quality of Work and Quality of Life efforts by providing stability and predictability to deployment schedules over a 36 month O-FRP cycle. One of the highlights from his address was the Navy's efforts to lock in eight month deployment schedules for Sailors. These changes are intended to return a sense of normalcy to a Sailor's schedule by evening out the Sailor's family life and increasing retention rates and Quality of Work for their command. Gortney is quoted as saying: "What's happened here is that over time ... we lost predictability in the way we generate readiness."

Adm. Gortney's address began by naming the problems with the current Fleet Response Plan, placing an emphasis on readiness through training. "It doesn't matter how good the stuff is if people aren't there and they aren't properly trained," said Gortney. "Not only do they need to be on the ship ... they have to be there at the right time. If they show up after the training occurs just before deployment it's not going to work."

The plan aims to streamline pre-deployment inspection requirements and increase readiness by putting all the members of a strike group on the same maintenance and deployment schedule. Starting in fiscal year 15, all required maintenance, training, evaluations and single eight-month deployment will be efficiently scheduled throughout the cycle in such a manner to drive down costs and increase overall fleet readiness.

"The band is put together at the beginning of the maintenance period," said Gortney. "It's underneath a single chain of command for that entire three-year period. It's got a stable maintenance plan."

The plan puts a strong emphasis on training crews correctly. "We're going to be training a lot of ships at the same time through that cycle," said Gortney. "A resource they need is trainers. We have to synchronize it so the trainers are there and everyone gets their reps and sets with the proper oversight that happens to be there and they're assessed at the right time."

The O-FRP is set to roll out implementation in 2014 with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group after its current deployment. It will initially be focused on Carrier Strike Groups and eventually will roll out to all U.S. Navy assets from the ARG/MEU to submarines and expeditionary forces.


The Surface Navy Association (SNA) was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. The Association's first elected President, Vice Admiral Robert L. Walters, presided over the first board meeting in January, 1987. In an effort to expand the communication and education goals of the Association, an annual symposium and convention was begun in 1988.




VENUE 2014


26th National Surface Navy Association Symposium 

January 14-16 2014
Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, Arlington, VA




Commodore Richard Allen, RN
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Gen James F. Amos, USMC


On October 22, 2010 General James F. Amos assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Idaho, General Amos has held command at all levels from Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant General. General Amos’ command tours have included: Marine Wing Support Squadron 173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing 8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine Aircraft Group 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008. Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235, 232, and 122. 

General Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31, the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and with the MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where he commanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia. Transferred in 2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation. Reassigned in December 2001, General Amos served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From 2008-2010 General Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.




The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte


Kelly Ayotte is a New Hampshire native who has devoted her life to public service - first as a long-time prosecutor and now in the United States Senate. In her first bid for public office, she was elected to the Senate in 2010 with 60 percent of the vote. Kelly currently serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Aging Committees. She is the Ranking Member - top Republican - on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations.

Kelly's top priority is to get America's fiscal house in order. She has stood on principle to vote against bloated budget bills that have included money for programs we don't need and can't afford. She is a staunch advocate for common sense budget reforms, including a permanent ban on earmarks, a Balanced Budget Amendment, and strict spending caps. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Kelly has quickly established herself as a leading voice in Congress on national security issues. As part of her strong commitment to reducing wasteful spending, Kelly has led efforts in the Senate to save over $1 billion in the Pentagon's budget - passing legislation to stop the Defense Department from spending money on unnecessary programs. In her capacity as Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Kelly is well-positioned to highlight the national security value of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base. The panel's oversight responsibilities include military readiness, military construction, base realignment, and industrial operations - including shipyards.


A prosecutor at heart, Kelly served as the chief of the state's Homicide Unit and Deputy Attorney General before being named in 2004 as New Hampshire's first female Attorney General. First appointed to that position by a Republican governor, she was twice reappointed by a Democratic governor. During her time as Attorney General, she successfully led efforts to secure the first capital murder convictions in New Hampshire in over 60 years - for which the Union Leader newspaper named Kelly "Citizen of the Year" in 2008. Kelly attended public schools in Nashua, where she was born. She graduated with honors in 1990 from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from the Villanova University School of Law.



Lt General Ronald Bailey


LtGen Ronald Bailey, USMC


Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey currently serves as the Deputy Commandant Plans, Polices, and Operations. He was born in St. Augustine, Florida and graduated from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. On 1 July 1977, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. From August 1997 to 1998, Lieutenant General Bailey attended National War College, Washington, DC where he earned his second Masters Degree in National Security Strategy. In July 2005, he was assigned as the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. In May 2006, he assumed duties as Deputy Director for Operations, J-3 Joint Staff. In July 2007, he assumed command of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and concurrently began duties as the Deputy Commanding General, III MEF.

In June 2013, Lieutenant General Bailey was promoted to his current rank and assigned to HQ Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations. Lieutenant General Bailey's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon. 




VADM Tom Copeman, USN


Vice Adm. Copeman graduated from high school in Honolulu after which he attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he received a bachelor’s in Biology in 1981. He was commissioned April 2, 1982, at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. Copeman has served aboard cruisers and destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. 

While ashore, Copeman served in the U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Neb., as an action officer in the Current Operations Directorate (J31). His next shore tour was as a requirements officer in the Theater Air Warfare Branch in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N76), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He served as executive assistant to the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; the director of Navy Senate Liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs; and the chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces, San Diego. He served as deputy chief of staff for Operations and Training for U.S. Pacific Fleet. His next assignment was commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his most recent assignment was chief of legislative affairs.

Copeman is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He also completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program on National Security Affairs. Copeman has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards.





ADM Jonathan Greenert, USN


Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert is a native of Butler, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 and completed studies in nuclear power for service as a submarine officer. Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations Sep. 23, 2011.

His career as a submariner includes assignments aboard USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), USS Tautog (SSN 639), Submarine NR-1 and USS Michigan (SSBN 727 - Gold Crew), culminating in command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) from March 1991 to July 1993. Greenert has served in various fleet support and financial management positions, including deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. 7th Fleet; head, Navy Programming Branch and director, Operations Division Navy Comptroller. Most recently he served as 36th vice chief of naval operations (August 2009 to August 2011).

He is a recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Distinguished Service Medal (6 awards), Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit (4 awards). In 1992 he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership. He considers those awards earned throughout his career associated with unit performance to be most satisfying and representative of naval service.




ADM William E. Gortney, USN


Adm. Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He entered the Navy as an aviation officer candidate, received his commission in the United States Naval Reserve in September 1977, and earned his wings of gold in December 1978. He is a 1996 graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts in International Security Affairs.


Gortney commanded on three occasions in the U.S. Central Command area of operations supporting Maritime Security Operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  Overseas assignments include deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, 1999; chief, Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, for the opening months of OIF at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and chief of staff, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, Naval Supply Activity Bahrain, 2003-2004.


Gortney has flown over 5,360 mishap free flight hours and 1,265 carrier-arrested landings, primarily in the A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet. He is authorized to wear the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards: Gold Numeral One, two Strike/Flight), Defense Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (8 awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards).




RADM Peter A. Gumataotao, USN


A native of Guam, Rear Adm. Gumataotao joined the Navy in 1976 and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. He is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned his Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1994. He is currently commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

A surface warfare officer, Gumataotao has deployed extensively to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf. Ashore, Gumataotao served as assistant surface operations officer and surface systems analysis officer for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet and chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces. 
His flag assignments were commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea for U.S. Pacific Fleet; U.S. Naval regional commander for Naval Installations Command; commander, Task Force 78 for U.S. 7th Fleet; Naval component commander of United Nations Command; and, deputy naval component commander for Combined Forces Command, Korea and commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 (Nimitz Strike Group) and assistant deputy chief of naval operation for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5B).

Gumataotao’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and other personal, unit and campaign wards. He was also the recipient of the first Admiral Zumwalt Award for visionary leadership in 2001.




VADM William H. Hilarides, USN


Vice Adm. Hilarides became the 43rd Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), June 7, 2013. As NAVSEA commander, he oversees a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines, and systems. Hilarides has received various personal and campaign awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Raised in Chicago, Hilarides graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. After graduation, he served as master of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron sloop Avenger, competing in numerous offshore racing events. Hilarides commanded USS Key West (SSN 722) from May 1998 to November 2000 in Pearl Harbor. In command, he deployed to the Western Pacific and conducted a major shipyard maintenance period.

Since becoming an acquisition professional in 2002, he has served as director, Advanced Submarine Research and Development, program manager of the SSGN Program and program executive officer for submarines, where he was responsible for all new construction submarine programs, along with the acquisition and life cycle maintenance of submarine weapons, countermeasures, sonar, combat control and imaging systems. He holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America, completed the Air Force Command and Staff College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program in International Security Affairs, and numerous acquisition schools.




VADM Michele Howard, USN


Vice Adm. Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences. She currently serves as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy (N3/N5).

Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. In 2009, she deployed to CENTCOM theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counter-piracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BALTOPS, under 6th Fleet.

Her shore assignments include: J-3, Global Operations, Readiness and executive assistant to the Joint Staff director of Operations; deputy director N3 on the OPNAV staff; deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff; senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy; Chief of Staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, and deputy commander, US Fleet Forces Command.




RDML Scott Jerebek, USN


Rear Adm. Jerabek is the son of a Korean War veteran. He enlisted in the Navy in February 1979 and was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training Program (BOOST); then commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Nebraska. His first sea assignment was aboard USS Gray (FF 1054) as gunnery officer, legal officer, and damage control assistant. He was later assigned aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) as turret II officer and nuclear weapons security officer. He served ashore as executive officer of the Navy Reserve Center in Kansas City, Mo., and officer in charge of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 114 (MIUWU-114).


Jerabek served as commodore of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron One in San Diego from March 2006 to June 2008. During this tour, the squadron supported numerous operational requirements and exercises around the world, demonstrating maritime security capabilities in all environments. Jerabek’s first flag tour was as deputy commander, Navy Warfare Development. Jerabek assumed his current duties as Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command in July 2013.


Jerabek holds a Master of Military Arts and Science degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Operational Arts Fellowship, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. He is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, as well as multiple unit commendation medals.



Rear Admiral Mathew L Klunder


RADM Matthew Klunder, USN


Rear Adm. Klunder, a native of Alexandria, Va., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and earned his wings of gold at Meridian, Miss., in September 1984. Subsequent flying tours were based in Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, Calif.; NAS Patuxent River, Md.; Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; and NAS Lemoore, Calif., where he was qualified in numerous aircraft including the E-2C Hawkeye and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.


Klunder has served at sea in Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; VAW-115 as a department head, and as commanding officer; and Carrier Air Wing Two as air wing commander. He has made eight deployments and multiple surge operations to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. He has flown more than 45 different aircraft and accumulated 21 world-flying records. His awards include the Legion of Merit (four Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four Awards) and various unit and campaign awards.


Klunder received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in Aerodynamics and Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College. In November 2011, he became the 24th Chief of Naval Research, with additional duties as director, Test Evaluation and Technology Requirements.




MCPOCG Michel P. Leavitt, USCG


Master Chief Michael P. Leavitt assumed his duties as the eleventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard on May 21, 2010. As the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant, Master Chief Leavitt advises him on enlisted workforce policies, advocates for military benefits and entitlements, is the senior enlisted mentor, and acts as the sounding board for select enlisted administrative actions. Master Chief Leavitt also devotes much time traveling throughout the Coast Guard observing training and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families.


Master Chief Leavitt's personal awards include the Coast Guard Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with an operational distinguishing device, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals with an operational distinguishing device, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals with an operational distinguishing device and numerous other individual and unit awards. He has also earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Surfman insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, and both Command Afloat and Ashore devices.


A native of Fruitland, Idaho, Master Chief Leavitt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree in Training and Education. He is also a graduate of Chief Petty Officer Academy Class 34.



Admiral_Samuel J Locklear


ADM Samuel J. Locklear, III, USN


Adm. Locklear is a 1977 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His career as a surface warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44), USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Callaghan (DDG 994), and USS Truxtun (CG 35), culminating in command of USS Leftwich (DD 984). Subsequent command assignments include commander, Destroyer Squadron Two; commander, Nimitz Strike Group; commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Allied Joint Force Command Naples.


He is a 1992 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University. Locklear is the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.


His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal with one gold star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four gold stars, Bronze Star Medal, and numerous individual, campaign and unit awards.




The Honorable Raymond E. Mabus, JR


Ray Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy and leads America's Navy and Marine Corps. Secretary Mabus is a native of Ackerman, Mississippi, and received a Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Law Degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Secretary Mabus is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and leadership of almost 900,000 people.

Upon assumption of office and throughout his tenure, Mabus has prioritized decreasing the Department’s dependence on fossil fuels, and revitalizing the Navy’s shipbuilding program. Secretary Mabus has made increasing the size of the naval fleet and protecting the industrial base a top budget priority of the Department. During his tenure, the Navy went from building fewer than five ships a year to having more than 40 ships under contract.

Mabus also directed the Navy and Marine Corps to change the way they use, produce and acquire energy, and set an aggressive goal that no later than 2020, the Navy and Marine Corps obtain at least 50% of their energy from alternative sources. The Navy also demonstrated the Great Green Fleet in 2012, a carrier strike group in which every participating U.S. Navy ship and type of aircraft operated on alternative energy sources including nuclear energy and biofuels. Mabus has been recognized for his leadership of the Navy and Marine Corps on multiple occasions. In 2013, he was named one of the top 50 highest rated CEOs by Glassdoor, an online jobs and career community. Mabus was the only leader of a federal agency to receive this award.




VADM Frank Pandolfe, USN


Vice Adm. Pandolfe is commander, 6th Fleet; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime component commander Europe. He assumed those duties, Oct. 3, 2011. Pandolfe’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and additional individual, campaign, and unit awards.

He grew up in New England, graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, and was awarded a doctorate in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1987. At-sea, he served in USS David R. Ray (DD 971), USS John Hancock (DD 981), USS Hue City (CG 66), and USS Forrestal (CV 59). He commanded USS Mitscher (DDG 57) from 1999 to 2001, earning three Battle Efficiency Awards for operational excellence and three Golden Anchor awards for superior retention.

Ashore, he was assigned to the Navy Staff as executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, the Joint Staff as deputy director for Strategy and Policy, and the White House Staff as military aide and advisor to the vice president of the United States. Most recently, he served as director, Surface Warfare Division, OPNAV N86. In that role, he led efforts to introduce the Littoral Combat Ship to the fleet, build the Zumwalt Class destroyer.




ADM Robert J. Papp, Jr, USCG

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. assumed the duties of the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2010. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), comprised of 42,000 active duty, 8,200 Reserve, 8,000 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the eastern half of the world and provided support to the Department of Defense.

Admiral Papp has served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them. He also served as commander of a task unit during Operation ABLE MANNER off the coast of Haiti in 1994, enforcing United Nations Sanctions. He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College.

Admiral Papp is the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard. The Gold Ancient Mariner is an honorary position held by an officer with over ten years of cumulative sea duty who has held the
qualification as a Cutterman longer than any other officer. Admiral Papp is a native of Norwich, Conn. He is married to the former Linda Kapral of East Lyme, Co Admiral and Mrs. Papp have three daughters and two granddaughters. 



VADM Robert C. Parker, USCG

Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in April 2010, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. He concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Before assuming command of LANTAREA, Vice Admiral Parker served as the U.S. Southern Command’s first Director of Security and Intelligence in Miami, Florida. He was promoted to Flag rank in July 2006 and was assigned as the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington, DC.

Vice Admiral Parker has over 12 years of sea duty, including three commands. Vice Admiral Parker is a 1979 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College. He also completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.

Vice Admiral Parker’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various other personal and unit awards.




RADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN

A native of Washington, D.C., and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Rear Adm. Rowden has served in a diverse range of sea and shore assignments.
Rowden earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His current assignment is on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as director, Surface Warfare Division.


Rowden's sea duty assignments include duty in cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. During these tours, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, East China Sea, Philippine Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, and Gulf of Guinea/West Africa areas of operation. He commanded USS Milius (DDG 69), served as reactor officer in USS George Washington (CVN 73); commander, Destroyer Squadron 60; commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven; and commander, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Group. His most recent assignment was commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, and commander, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group.


Rowden's decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit, and campaign awards. He completed a tour as Surface Warfare Officer (nuclear) assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel Command, and served as commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, R.I., where he oversaw the training of every officer en route to duty on ships at sea. His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea.




The Honorable Sean Stackley

Sean J. Stackley assumed the duties of assistant secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA)) following his confirmation by the Senate in July 2008. As the Navy’s acquisition executive, Mr. Stackley is responsible for the research, development and acquisition of Navy and Marine Corps platforms and warfare systems which includes oversight of more than 100,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $50 billion.
Stackley began his career as a Navy surface warfare officer, serving in engineering and combat systems assignments aboard USS John Young (DD 973).


From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Stackley served as the Navy’s LPD 17 program manager, with responsibility for all aspects of procurement for this major ship program. He had the unique experience of having performed a principal role in the design, construction, test and delivery of three first-of-class warships.


Stackley was commissioned and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Stackley earned certification as professional engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia, in 1994.  Upon completing his warfare qualifications, he was designated as an engineering duty officer and served in a series of industrial, fleet, program office and headquarters assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, logistics and acquisition policy.




James G. Stavridis

James George Stavridis, PhD was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on the 15th of February 1955, the son of Shirley (née Schaffer) and P. George Stavridis. He is married to Laura Hall, author of Navy Spouses Guide. His paternal grandparents were Pontic Greeks born and raised in northeastern Anatolia, that is modern Turkey, who emigrated to the United States. 


Stavridis (now retired) was a United States Navy admiral who served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO's 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Stavridis is the first Navy officer to have held these positions. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Southern Command from 19 October 2006, to 25 June 2009. On 6 May 2013, ADM Stavridis was named as the 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a position he took up on July 1, 2013. In addition, he became Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute in July 2013.


Stavridis earned a PhD and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Relations in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize as outstanding student. He has been appointed Dean of The Fletcher School. He is also a 1992 distinguished graduate of the United States National War College. In 2003, He was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award. He frequently publishes his thoughts, opinions and analyses in myriad publications, including the Western Hemisphere policy publication Americas Quarterly and the United States Naval Institute's blog.




MCPON(AW/NAC) Mike D Stevens, USN

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens was born and raised in Montana. He graduated from Arlee High School in May 1983 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in San Diego in June 1983. Stevens attended Aviation Structural Mechanic Apprentice School in Millington, Tenn., and his first duty assignment was with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two in Rota, Spain.
Stevens became the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on Sept. 28, 2012.


Stevens’ academic achievements include an Associate’s Degree in Administrative Management Studies; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government "Leadership in Crisis"; and the National Defense University Keystone course. He is an honor graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence from the Senior Enlisted Academy.


Stevens’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational "O", Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia, and Enlisted Naval Aircrew Wings.




VADM James D. Syring, USN


Vice Adm. Syring is from Muncie, Ind. A 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering, he received his commission as an ensign. Subsequent to commissioning, he was designated an engineering duty officer. In 1992, Syring earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.


Upon selection to flag rank in 2010, Syring served as the program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, responsible for acquiring, developing, delivering and sustaining integrated weapons systems for ships, submarines, carriers and aircraft within the Fleet and Joint Force. Syring is the director for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he oversees MDA’s worldwide mission to develop a capability to defend deployed forces, the United States, allies, and friends against ballistic missile attack.


Syring’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Meritorious Service medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.



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VADM Ronald Route, USN (Ret) – Immediate Past President 
January 2014 CAPT David B. Adler, USN
GSEC (SW/AW) John C. Bradshaw, USN
ENS Nicole K. Foster, USN
RDML Michael S. Frick, USN (Ret)
FLTMC (SW/AW) Thomas M. Howard, USN (Ret)
Mr. Charles W. McCullough, P.E.
Lt Robert P. McFall, USN
LT Sara C. Pettit, USN
RADM John T. Tozzi, USCG (Ret)

January 2015 LCDR Jeff Benson, USN
HMCS Brian Hock, USN
CAPT James Kilby, USN
LT Jennifer Lorio, USN
Mr. David McComb
RADM Robert Reilly, USN (Ret)
CAPT Matthew Sharpe, USN

January 2016 CDR Matthew Bonner, USN
CDR William Daly, USN
CAPT Michael Davis, USN (Ret)
CAPT Richard Hoffman, USN (Ret)
VADM Bernard McCullough, USN (Ret)
LCDR Robert McFarlin, USN (Ret)
CAPT Troy Stoner, USN
CMDCM David Twiford, USN
LT Gordan Van Hook, USN






ADM Arleigh Burke, USN (Ret): Honorary Chairman 1987-1996

ADM J.R. Hogg, USN (Ret): Chairman of the Board

VADM Barry McCullough, USN (Ret): President

Bernard “Barry” McCullough was named vice president of Business Strategy for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) business in November 2011. In this capacity, Mr. McCullough is responsible for working across the MS2 enterprise to analyze the business’ strengths and opportunities. He will utilize this information to develop MS2’s overall organic and inorganic growth strategies.

Mr. McCullough joined MS2 after serving more than 36 years in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral before retiring in October 2011. Most recently, he served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, where he oversaw the creation of the command and the development of Navy cyber capability from a supporting role to a supported operational domain. He served in many positions of increasing responsibility, including Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities (OPNAV N8) and Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86)

He had numerous commands at sea, including an Aegis cruiser and two carrier strike groups. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s of science degree in naval architecture and received a master’s of science degree in strategic resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.

VADM Timothy LaFleur, USN (Ret): Vice President - West Coast

Vice Admiral LaFleur has been with Booz Allen Hamilton since 2005. Vice Admiral LaFleur spent almost 35 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Vice Admiral in March 2005. During his time in the U.S. Navy he served as the community leader for the Surface Navy for nearly 4 years. While ensuring the current readiness of the Surface Navy, he was also charting its future course through transformational efforts aimed at enhancing the ability of the force to fight and win. He also served concurrently as the Pacific Fleet Surface Force Type Commander. In that capacity, he provided properly manned, trained, equipped, and combat-ready warships and special combat support forces to operational commanders throughout the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf areas of operation. Vice Admiral LaFleur received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970 and his M.S. in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1981.

VADM Hank Giffin, USN (Ret): Vice President - East Coast

CAPT Jim Tackett, USN (Ret): Treasurer

Captain Tackett received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned via the University’s ROTC program in 1971. His initial tour of duty was onboard USS GALLUP (PG-85) followed by tours in STERRETT, WADDELL, DESRON –15, DEYO and as Commanding Officer of USS FAHRION. He received his Masters Degree in Finance from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1981.

Captain Tackett has twice served on the OPNAV Staff, first within the Surface Warfare Office for Plans and Budget and following his command at sea tour, as Director of Ship Self Defense. He has served in 2 significant shore assignments in NAVSEA, first as the Deputy Program Manager for Cooperative Engagement (CEC) followed by assignment as Program Management for the NATO SeaSparrow Program. 

Since retirement in 1999, Captain Tackett has been a senior manager for BAE Systems serving on the staff of the Italian Ministry of Defense in Rome, Italy and currently as Director of Technical Operations for the Surface Warfare Directorate. 

Captain Tackett resides in Rockville, Md and is a lifetime member of SNA.

CAPT David Lee, USN (Ret): Secretary



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Combat ZCC with 40kW wind gens and solar PV for 176kW total energy harvesting


The Combat ZCC with 40kW wind turbines. This is a 50 ton vessel that is elongated, but retaining the same low frontal area as with the merchant Bluefish ZZC platforms above. This battleship can be armed with a potent mix of torpedoes, SAM and Cruise missiles. The total energy harvesting capacity is around 176kW (235hp), giving an Energy Harvested to Displacement ratio (EH/D) of 3.52kW/ton (4.72hp/ton). The vessel is more efficient at collecting energy during darkness, reducing the battery storage needed, hence improving the potential payload. Larger versions of this format could be the emission free cargo ships of the future. The average cruising speed of this vessel will be higher from the longer hull 50m (163ft) hull on the waterline, giving a better speed/length ratio. The OAL is 56M (183ft). The sprint speed of this craft will be in the 20+ knot region - dependent on active hull deployment and motor specification. The cost of diesel fuel to operate this ship continuously for a year is approximately: .29gals/hp x 117 x 24 x 365 = $297,226.80 (£183,393.99) In ten years that would be $2.97M (£1.83M). Fuel for thought! 













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