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  • 15 Jun 2022 9:04 AM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    ASNE TW was very excited to have Captain Dianna Wolfson, Commander, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) as our special guest speaker at the Section’s May dinner.  The Captain outlined the Shipyard’s new Strategic Framework to communicate their path forward on achieving their vision.  The Strategic Framework is their “tool to communicate their updated mission and vision statements both with NNSY and externally, and shows how initiatives executed across the command tie together with why their command exists (warships). More importantly, the visual representation of the Strategic Framework combined with purposeful command-level strategic initiatives will align them as ONE TEAM on pillars that have the greatest impact on performance and achieving ONE MISSION.”

    The Section was also thrilled to present another ASNE TW Engineer of the Quarter award. The award went to HT1(SW) David Weaver, USN, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Hull Branch.  Petty Officer Weaver was recognized for consistently demonstrating superior high-quality performance in the execution of his duties.  His Commanding Officer, Captain Timothy A. Barney, said the Petty Officer “exceeds expectations and challenges to ensure 46 Naval Vessels are structurally sound and ready for critical Chief of Naval Operation tasking. He effectively led 134 Sailors and 17 civilians in the completion of 1,672 maintenance procedures through 19 Chief of Naval Operation Availabilities and saved the Navy $3,200,000 in contractor costs.” Congratulations HT1 Weaver!


  • 3 May 2022 5:17 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    The ASNE Tidewater Section was pleased and very grateful to have RDML Randall Peck, USN, President, Board of Inspection and Survey as our guest speaker at our April Dinner/Meeting.  The Admiral summarized the 2021 Insurv Annual Report of in-service material inspections, new construction trials, and end of life inspections. The Board made 26 comprehensive recommendations spanning PMS, technical issues, logistics, manning, and training.

    If you were unable to attend the dinner, here is a link to the Admiral’s presentation.


  • 2 Apr 2022 3:27 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    The Tidewater ASNE Section was pleased to have RADM James P. Downey, USN, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers speak at our March 16 dinner/meeting. The Admiral updated the Section on the post construction and operational testing of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier - USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Admiral Downey also talked about follow on construction of CVN-79 and CVN-80 as well maintenance and operational updates on the existing carrier fleet.

    The meeting was well attended with almost 70 members and guests joining us in person or on-line.  The Admiral's presentation is available to view here.

  • 28 Feb 2022 9:57 AM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    ASNE Tidewater's February Dinner/Meeting program featured Mr. Glen Sturtevant (SES), Director for Science & Technology at PEO Ships and NAVSEA’s Surface Ship Maintenance & Modernization Directorate SEA-21. Glen focused his presentation on the Surface Navy Warship Arctic Operability; the challenges and opportunities to extend the frequency and duration of U.S. Navy surface ship operations in this new frontier of critical strategic importance to the United States. His presentation is available here.

    Glen has been a staunch supporter of ASNE and has addressed the Tidewater Section before.  We always welcome his unique insight into the development and fielding of critical S&T programs. Thanks Glen!

  • 31 Jan 2022 12:08 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    Our January 19th Dinner/Meeting program featured tag team presentations by Doug Smith, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, and Matt Smith (no relation), Alliance’s Director for Offshore Wind.

    With 40% of Virginia’s electricity to be sourced from renewable energy by 2030, a federal target to deploy 30GW by 2030, and active OSW projects already in 11 states, the demand signal for Offshore Wind is finally becoming real and coming fast. And the state of Virginia, with its port infrastructure, skilled maritime workforce, terminal facilities and waterfront acreage in Hampton Roads / Tidewater, is well positioned to become a major supply chain hub for this emerging industry.

    This topic was requested by and of great interest to our ASNE-Tidewater member companies looking to listen, learn and ultimately diversify their future business. We anticipate encore presentations at future ASNE dinner meetings as the OSW market unfolds.

    If you were unable to attend the January program, here is a link to the presentation.


  • 9 Jan 2022 3:17 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    ASNE's Northern New England (NNE) Section held their first virtual meeting on December 9, 2021.  The meeting featured guest speaker Joe Satterfield, SUPSHIP, Bath, ME who spoke about the Constellation Class Frigate (FFG 62) Program.  The Constellation (FFG 62) class guided missile frigates will be a highly capable and survivable multi-mission asset designed for operations in blue water and littoral environments. 

    Linked here is a copy of the Constellation (FFG 62) program overview presentation.

  • 8 Jan 2022 8:04 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    Our December dinner/meeting program featured naval fiction author David Poyer as our guest speaker. David was a US Naval Academy graduate, served 30 years in the Navy, and worked in industry for  several years including as a naval engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, among other interesting positions. He has published over 50 books, including his latest publication Arctic Sea.  Poyer discussed how his education and experience in naval engineering, defense analysis, and advanced technology both contributed to, and gained from, his work in naval fiction. 


  • 13 Dec 2021 1:13 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    At our November dinner/meeting program, RADM Bill Greene, USN, USFFC Fleet Maintenance Officer, spoke at length about the Sailor Self Sufficiency Campaign and the Future of Sailor Maintenance.  Adm. Greene emphasized the career learning continuum of sailors and the application of IT resources.

    Following his remarks, the Admiral took many questions from the dinner attendees, from both in-person attendees and those attending virtually.

    We appreciate RADM Greene's continued support of ASNE and the Tidewater Section.

  • 6 Oct 2021 4:13 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    The ASNE Tidewater Section kicked off their Sept 2021—May 2022 dinner schedule with ASNE President Mark Hugel as guest speaker. Mark provided an update on Society priorities and challenges in light of the pandemic impacts over the past 18 months. Dinner/meetings are now in-person with a virtual option available. 

    It was also exciting to see Chief Warrant Officer 3, Travis Otte, accept ASNE Tidewater’s Engineer of the Quarter award for 3rd quarter 2021!  The CWO’s Commanding Officer, Joseph P. Thompson, USS Mesa Verde, provided the Letter of Recommendation. He acknowledged the Warrant Officer's knowledge and professionalism along with his "tireless devotion to duty" as the ship's Main Propulsion Assistant and Ship Maintenance Management Officer. Congratulations!


  • 26 May 2021 1:08 PM | Andrea McCusker (Administrator)

    Welcome Back!  The Tidewater Section is so pleased to announce that we were able to host live and in-person dinner events in April and May. After a year of cancellations and virtual forums, yes it felt as fresh and welcoming as Spring.

    On April 20th, Captain Steve Sarar (CO, SURFMEPP) addressed an audience that was limited by CDC and State guidelines to just 25 in-person attendees, plus we had another 30 guests on-line. Capt. Sarar was terrific, and even with limited capacity, this gathering felt like we had finally turned a corner. In early May restrictions were relaxed again to a maximum of 100 indoors, and on May 19th VADM Bill Galinis (NAVSEA) spoke to an audience of 60 in-person plus 38 virtual guests from as far away as Bahrain.

    Thank you ASNE members for your patience and flexibility during this pandemic, and to Admiral Galinis for helping us close out our Fall – Spring program year in high style. 

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