Vice Adm. Paul Sullivan, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced the appointments of Capt. Gregory R.
Thomas as commander of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate
Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) in Hawaii, and Capt. Robert W.
Mazzone as commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery,
Thomas, a native of Portsmouth, Va., leaves his position as PNSY's
Operations Officer. He reported to NAVSEA as the first Design Manager
and Technical Director for the world's largest unmanned autonomous
vehicle, LSV-2 Cutthroat. The vehicle was designed, developed,
constructed and delivered through a partnership of the nation's two
submarine shipbuilders, Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) and General
Dynamics Electric Boat. In recognition for superior performance in the
LSV-2 design development, he received the 1999 NAVSEA Association of
Scientists and Engineers Professional Achievement Award.
Thomas then transferred to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP),
Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Va. to serve as the first Virginia
Class Submarine Program Manager's Representative at NGNN and as
Submarine Project Officer for SUPSHIP Newport News. Additionally, he
served as the command's project officer for the defueling and
inactivation of the ex-Narwhal (SSN 671).
In September 2001, Thomas left NAVSEA to serve as the repair officer for
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and led maintenance efforts on forward deployed
and deployed surface ships and submarines of the 7th Fleet. Upon
completion of his repair officer tour, he transferred to the staff of
Commander Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, as the maintenance officer.
Additionally, Thomas was co-chair of Submarine Team One, a cross
organizational team responsible for leading submarine enterprise efforts
to improve planning and execution of submarine depot availabilities.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
from the United States Naval Academy in 1982, and his Master of Science
Degree in Mechanical Engineering, the Naval Engineer's Degree, and a PhD
in Hydrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
While at MIT, he received the American Society of Naval Engineers Brand
Award for academic excellence.
Mazzone reports to his new command at PNSY from Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNSY & IMF) in
Bremerton Wash., where he served as the operations officer since June
2006. Prior to that duty, he served as the production resources officer
from January 2005.
Mazzone was promoted to Capt. in November 2004. In August 2001, he
reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as chief engineer. Prior
to that tour, Mazzone was at PSNY as project superintendent for six, 688
Class Submarine Off-Yard Selected Restricted Availabilities and then
served as the Off-Yard Operations Officer.
Additionally, he served as operations officer to the Navy Experimental
Diving Unit; as assistant material officer and diving officer for
Commander Submarine Development Group One in San Diego, Calif., where he
led numerous deep ocean salvage efforts; and as PSNS & IMF's shipyard
docking officer and diving officer and senior ship superintendent for
the Refueling Complex Overhaul of USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617).
Commissioned in the Navy in 1983 as a Medical Service Corps Officer,
Mazzone's initial assignment was at the Naval Medical Research Institute
as a Research Physiologist. During this assignment, he attended Naval
Diving and Salvage Training Center and the Naval Saturation Diving
School completing qualification as a Navy Deep Sea Diver (Mixed Gas and
Mazzone received his Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of
California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1971 and his Ph.D degree in Physiology
from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1975, and his Master
of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from the Navy Postgraduate
School. Prior to joining the Navy, Mazzone was Assistant Professor of
Medicine at (UCSD).