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Kristin Parsons (Photo: Austal USA)

Austal USA Names Parsons Human Resources VP

and executive teams to provide strategic, practical and solutions-oriented employment counseling. Parsons previously served as Austal USA’s Associate General Counsel and was the company’s in-house employment attorney across Austal USA’s global footprint spanning Alabama, California, Virginia and Singapore.Parsons obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification

Katie Jayne McGahan Hargreaves receiving her award from Maritime and Coastguard Agency Chief Executive Virginia McVea. (Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Officer Trainee of the Year Announced

you to the lecturers at my college as well as those at my training company but, in particular, my mentor, Captain Ann, and my biggest supporter, my mum Catherine. I would not be here today without all the support, wisdom and belief from everyone, so thank you for helping me achieve my dream career."Virginia McVea, MCA chief executive who presented the award on the night, said, "Katie’s hard work, strong academic performance and willingness to promote the industry was behind this expert panel of industry judges choosing her as the 2023 winner. It was a privilege to meet Katie and present

Kenny Ballard and Lance Richardson (Photo: Wing Group)

New Leadership at Mustang Survival and Wing Group

to navigate the complexities of commercial and military operations.’Ballard will lead from the Mustang Waterlife Headquarters Vancouver, BC, which includes the local manufacturing facility. He’ll be overseeing the newly moved and expanded Jacksonville Florida plant, operations in Spencer, Virginia, and the overseas office in Salisbury, UK.Lance Richardson will have his desk next to Ballard’s at the Vancouver headquarters. As an Arc’teryx and Herschel alumni, Richardson’s supply chain and manufacturing expertise will fold seamlessly into the needs of the Wing Group.Branagh

Peter Courtney (Photo: HII)

HII Names Courtney Corporate VP of Legislative Affairs

(TOPGUN).Courtney is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He also holds master’s degrees in national security affairs from the Naval War College and in business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.Benedict has served in a variety of policy and legislative positions within the U.S. Congress, including 13 years with the House Appropriations Committee. Her last position was as clerk for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Benedict is a graduate

Daniel P. Eling (Photo: BHGI)

Bristol Harbor Group Promotes Eling

Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced it has promoted a member of its team, Daniel P. Eling, P.E., to a managerial position.Eling, a senior naval architect with six years of experience at the firm, has been promoted to the role of engineering manager.Eling holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Rhode Island. Eling worked for 15 years as a naval architect in Washington, D.C. on numerous U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, commercial and international naval projects

(Photo: HII)

Newport News Shipbuilding Continues Hiring Push

recently participated in the What’s Next for Success Foundation career and job fair held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Hundreds of people, including local high school students, met with NNS talent acquisition representatives to learn about career opportunities at the shipyard, which is Virginia’s largest industrial employer.Additionally, attendees were able to tour the shipyard’s digital shipbuilding mobile experience trailer, interacting with the tools used by HII’s next generation workforce. Sharing the digital transformation taking place within the company, attendees

Professional mariners deploy equipment used to measure the seawater’s salinity, temperature and depth from NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker. (NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations/Maideline Sanchez)

Hiring Event in Norfolk for NOAA Research Ship Jobs

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations will hold a hiring event in Norfolk, Virginia to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships. The event will be held on Nov. 15 at the NOAA Marine Operations Center - Atlantic. NOAA operates a fleet of 15 hydrographic survey, oceanographic research and fisheries survey vessels. NOAA ships operate in the U.S. and around the world. The ships are run by a combination of NOAA commissioned officers and civilian professional mariners. NOAA’s civilian professional mariners are federal employees and include engineers

Tom Godfrey - Credit: Colonna's Shipyard

Colonna's Shipyard's President & CEO Tom Godfrey to Retire. New CEO Named

Down River ship repair work. Webb has held a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility across the spectrum of company activities to include ship superintendent, shipyard project and contracts manager, and operations manager of Steel America.Webb earned a B.S. in business management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and completed his project management professional curriculum through Villanova University.“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Tom Godfrey, a respected industry leader who has been the driving force behind the growth and success

Photo credit: World Maritime University

World Maritime University Graduates Class of '23

, as well as the role of the International Maritime Organization in maritime and ocean affairs. He shared with the gathering highlights of his career path that spans over 50 years of focusing on the Law of the Sea, and that included establishing the Center forOceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law which has become one of the world’s premier academic institutions for the study of maritime law, ocean law and policy. Dr Nordquist has been a long standing supporter of the WMU, and he thanked the University for theesteemed award.Mr Jeffrey Lantz received the award of Honorary

Austal USA introduced Chris Orlowski as the company’s vice president of engineering. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Orlowski Named VP Engineering at Austal USA

and U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs to include aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, and littoral combat ships.  Orlowski holds a PhD in systems engineering from George Washington University. He received a master’s in systems engineering and a bachelor’s in ocean engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Source: US Navy

US Naval Construction Group 2 Welcomes Its First Woman Commander

Solina’s ability to continue the unit’s success during her tenure.“You know exactly what needs to be done to get the Seabees ready for the next fight,” said Deviney. “With you in the lead, I know we have the right team in place going forward.”Solina is from McLean, Virginia, and most recently served as the Chief Engineer, Logistics Directorate for U.S. European Command before reporting to NCG 2.“I am humbled, privileged and honored to assume command of NCG 2 and continue the tradition of Seabees providing a capability like no other to our Combatant Commanders

Don Hairston (Photo: Austal USA Advanced Technologies)

Hairston Named GM of Austal USA Advanced Technologies

held executive roles at Textron, Cobham, and Northrop Grumman, as well as positions with the Government in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Aegis Program Office prior to joining the defense industry.Hairston earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He also participated in the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School and has held numerous advisory roles

William P. Doyle (File photo: Maryland Port Administration)

Doyle Returns to Lead Dredging Contractors of America

our economy, international trade, and supporting our national security. Bill’s unique knowledge and energy are perfectly suited to tackling the challenges the private U.S. dredging industry and maritime in general face now and in the coming years.”Jim Cottrell, DCA Sr. VP and President of Virginia-based Cottrell Contracting, said, “We are excited to welcome Bill back into the DCA as he brings a wealth of knowledge and infectious energy to lead the organization.&rdquo

Mark Coplen (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Hires Coplen as Wind Services VP

, and our near- and long-term goals.”Crowley is underway with development and planning for wind terminals in California, Louisiana and Massachusetts. In addition, the company’s CREST Wind joint venture with ESVAGT recently announced the construction of a service operations vessel for Coastal Virginia’s major wind energy project, in addition to Crowley providing feedering vessel services and other supply chain solutions. The company’s growth in wind energy solutions led to the launch of Wind Services as a stand-alone business unit in 2021.Coplen previously served as president of Ventolines

Virginia McVea (Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

McVea Tapped to Lead the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Virginia McVea has been named as the next chief executive officer of the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) effective April 3, 2023.Damien Oliver has been serving as the MCA's interim CEO since October 2022, following the retirement of the agency's former head Brian Johnson.U.K. Maritime Minister Baroness Vere said, "[McVea] joins at a pivotal time for the agency as it faces both challenges and exciting opportunities, and I look forward to working with her to grow the U.K. flag, decarbonize the maritime sector and encourage greater investment in the U.K."McVea was previously

ABS appointed Patrick Ryan as Chief Technology Officer. Image courtesy ABS

VIDEO: Patrick Ryan Named CTO at ABS

Ship Systems Center.Throughout his career as a naval architect, Ryan has always been focused on cutting edge technologies around ships and ship building. Prior to joining ABS, he was in ship design, program management, and engineering leadership roles, at Newport News Shipbuilding. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and a Masters in Ocean Engineering.Watch the interview with Patrick Ryan here

Eric Chewning (Photo: HII)

HII Names Chewning EVP Strategy & Development

a former military intelligence officer and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his military service, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on corporate finance and merger and acquisitions in the global industrials sector. Chewning received an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he was recognized as a Shermet Scholar. He also earned an M.A. in international relations and B.A. with honors from University of Chicago. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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