The USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), the first of the Arleigh Burke Flight 2A Aegis destroyers and the 17th Bath Iron Works-built, was commissioned in Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday August 19, 2000. Ship sponsor Dianne Reason, wife of retired admiral Paul Reason, brought the ship to life.
Thomas J. Smith, president of Farrell Lines Incorporated, announced the election of George F. Lowman to the office of chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Lowman succeeds the late James A. Farrell Jr., who died on September 15, 1978. Mr. Lowman
Thomas E. Moran, chairman and president of Moran Towing and Transportation Company of New York City, has announced the retirement of Lloyd R. Graham as vice president of marketing and sales, and the election of Robert M. Loftus to that position.
Alcoa Steamship Company, Inc., Two Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10001, wholly owned subsidiary of Aluminum Company of America, has named Charles G. Kiskaddon Jr. as president. Mr. Kiskaddon succeeds George C. Halstead, who died in London on April 11 during a business trip.
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.
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,