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 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.
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,