Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides
Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

Image: VADM William HilaridesVice Admiral Hilarides became the 43rd Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on June 7, 2013. As NAVSEA Commander, he oversees a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines, and systems.


Raised in Chicago, Vice Admiral Hilarides graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. After graduation, he served as master of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron sloop Avenger, competing in numerous offshore racing events.


Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Gurnard (SSN 662) and USS Maryland (SSBN 738), deploying to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Western Pacific, as well as conducting several strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore, he served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; Joint Staff; and the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.


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William J. DeligneExecutive Director Brian J. Persons
Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command

Mr. Deligne, a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007, is currently the Executive Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). NAVSEA is an Echelon II Command responsible for the technical authority, development, acquisition, and lifecycle support of U.S. Navy Ships and Integrated Warfare Systems. In this position Mr. Deligne serves as the senior civilian official responsible for leading and directing daily business operations for the Command. His duties also include development and execution of long term strategies required by NAVSEA to effectively execute its mission while adapting to changing landscapes.


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Command Master Chief, Naval Sea Systems Command


Master Chief Bryan Exum is assigned as the Command Master Chief for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, DC.

Master Chief Exum is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania and a 1983 graduate of Chester High School.  He enlisted in the Navy in January 1984 and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida.


Master Chief Exum's challenging and rewarding tours include Command Master Chief of USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and DDG CREW LIMA/USS USS STOUT (DDG 55) and sea assignments aboard USS LASALLE (AGF 3), "the Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast," homeported in Manama, Bahrain; frigates USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE (FFG 16) and USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59); and aircraft carriers USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).


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Other Biographies


NAVSEA Chief of Staff - Capt. Karin Vernazza


Salvage & Diving (SEA00C) - Capt. Mark Matthews


Office of Corporate Communications (SEA00D) - Mr. Rory O'Connor


Command Information Officer (SEA00I) - Mr. Scott St. Pierre


Office of Counsel (SEA00L) - Ms. Rebecca Cressy


Comptroller (SEA01) - Ms. Maggie Maguire


Contracts (SEA02) - Ms. Cindy Shaver


Logistics, Maintenance & Industrial Operations (SEA04) - Rear Adm. Mark Whitney


Naval Systems Engineering (SEA05) - Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller


Acquisition and Commonality (SEA06) - Rear Adm. Thomas Kearney


Undersea Warfare (SEA07) - Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley


Office of Security Programs and Continuity Planning (SEA00P) - Mr. Bill Ashton


Corporate Operations (SEA10) - Mr. William Carty


Surface Warfare Directorate (SEA21) - Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy


Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Rear Adm. Lorin Selby


Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center  - Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley


Commander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center  - Rear Adm. William Galinis


Program Executive Office for Ships - Rear Adm. David Gale


Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems - Rear Adm. Jon Hill 


Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships - Rear Adm. Brian Antonio


Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers - Rear Adm. Thomas Moore


Program Program Executive Office for Submarines - Rear Adm. David Johnson

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