Fox Named Newport News’ VP of Customer Affairs
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named corporate vice president of customer affairs for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Fox, who will succeed Vice Adm. Evan “Marty” Chanik (U.S. Navy, Ret.) upon Chanik’s October 1 retirement, will be responsible for all customer outreach for Newport News’ programs. He will be located in HII’s Washington, D.C., office and will report to Mitch Waldman, HII’s corporate vice president, government and customer relations. Fox graduated from the U.S.
CVW 5 Conducts Land Strike Training With RAAF
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), conducted high-intensity land strike training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15), July 16. The land strike training was one of 10 large-force strikes against simulated land adversaries throughout TS15. "The ultimate goal of conducting these exercises is to achieve and maintain interoperability between the U.S. and Royal Australian Air Force, as well as our other maritime components," said Lt.
Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command
Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF. While serving as the Navy's "Air Boss" since October 2012, Buss ensured the material readiness, administration, and training for all Naval Aviation commands and provided operationally ready squadrons and aircraft carriers to the fleet.
Cropper Named President of Cal Maritime
The California State University Board of Trustees has named Thomas A. Cropper, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, as president of California Maritime Academy. "I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the next president of the California Maritime Academy, and look forward to working closely with the exceptional students, staff and faculty," said Cropper. Cropper was among the finalists for the position to succeed retiring President William B. Eisenhardt, who has served as president since 2001. He is expected to begin in his new role as president on July 1 following retirement from active duty.
Tembe Takes Command of USS Harry S. Truman
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) changed command in Norfolk on August 5. Capt. Tushar R. Tembe relieved Capt. Joseph M. Clarkson as Truman's commanding officer during a ceremony at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at Nauticus museum. Tembe, the new commanding officer, said he intends to take what he has learned while previously serving as a commanding officer and apply it to leading the ship and crew to further success. "Today belongs to Joe and Sandy Clarkson," said Tembe.
Gibbs & Cox Appoints Tallant Vice President
Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, today announced that it appointed Shawn Tallant as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. In this role, Tallant will develop and oversee strategic business plans and execute corporate business growth activities for Gibbs & Cox’s complete portfolio of U.S. government agencies, domestic and international commercial clients. “Shawn brings more than 33 years experience spanning military and industry strategy development…