Ingalls Christens Aegis Stethem, Commissions Aegis Stout

The U.S. Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer was christened Stethem at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries. The new ship, DDG 63, is named in honor of Petty Officer Robert Dean Stethem, USN, (1961- 1985). The ship's sponsor was Petty Officer Stethem's mother,


Joint SNAME/ASNE Meeting Hears Report On SPC Coating

The annual Joint Meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Northern California Section, and the American Society of Naval Engineers, Golden Gate Section, was held recently at the Fleet Admiral Nimitz Club, Treasure Island Naval Station, Calif.

Natter Passes Command of Atlantic Fleet

Adm. Robert J . Natter relinquished command of the Navy's Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet to Adm. William J . Fallon in a ceremony to be held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Oct. 3. Fallon comes to Norfolk from Washington.

Speed to Spare

The Australian marine industry is noted for building large, fast, efficient vessels, primarily for commercial fernpurposes. But as coastal patrol needs grow, so too do the military applications for these amazing breeds. Follow ing is a brief review of some of the recent news from Down Under.

Anastassios Fondaras Elected Chairman Tuned Sphere Int'l

Anastassios Fondaras was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Tuned Sphere International, Inc., designers and builders of spherical-hulled offshore vessels, filling an existing vacancy. Tuned Sphere International is a subsidiary of Energy Systems Corporation,

Texaco Marine Services Names Gaffney President, Chief Operating Officer

James F. Gaffney, general manager, distribution and operations, Texaco Limited London, was recently named president and chief operating officer of Texaco Marine Services Inc. Mr. Gaffney succeeds William R. Cumming who will retire following more than 28 years of service with the company.

Recent U.S. Navy Flag Officer Nominations

The Secretary of Defense recently announced the following Presidential flag officer appointments: Rear Adm. James F. Dorsey Jr., USN, for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as Commander Third Fleet. Rear Adm. Henry H. Mauz Jr.

ASNE Call For Papers For '84 Naval Ship Symposium

Papers are now being solicited by the Tidewater Section of the American Society of Naval Engineers for the Naval Ship Maintenance & Modernization Symposium subtitled "Affordability." The symposium, to be held October 3— 4, 1984, at the Omni Hotel, Norfolk, Va.

Webber Appointed Vice Admiral And U.S. Navy's Chief Engineer

James H. Webber has been promoted to vice admiral and assigned as chief engineer of the Navy. In making the announcement, chief of naval operations Adm. James D. Watkins said the appointment "sets a new tone for the Engineering Duty Officer Corps,

Diaz Elected President Of Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association

Captain Ralph Diaz was recently elected president of the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association at the association's recent meeting. The association represents 46 barge and fleet operations in the New Orleans area. Captain Diaz is operations manager for towing and fleeting with T.

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