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Captain Walter A. Coppeans III, USN
SSES Commanding Officer

Captain Walter A. Coppeans III, USN

CAPT Coppeans was commissioned as an Ensign from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in Systems Engineering. Following his graduation, he reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) as part of the Plankowner crew. He served almost four years as Electronic Warfare Officer, Communications Officer, and Auxiliaries/Electrical Officer. During his time onboard, he earned his Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare evaluator, and Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) qualifications.

In 1994, CAPT Coppeans reported to Naval Postgraduate School in the Combat Systems Science and Technology curriculum. He graduated in December of 1996 with a Masters Degree in Physics. Exercising his Engineering Duty Officer option, CAPT Coppeans transitioned to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) at graduation and reported to the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Detachment, Sasebo, Japan for his qualification tour. During that tour, he served as Ship Superintendent, Assistant Repair Officer, and CNO Availability Project Officer, and qualified as a Docking Officer and Engineering Duty Officer.

After Japan, CAPT Coppeans reported to USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) as Combat Systems Officer. He served from January 2001 through February 2003, and deployed to the Mediterranean twice. CAPT Coppeans then reported to the LPD-17 Program Office (PMS 317) as the Requirements Officer. CAPT Coppeans was the primary interface to the OPNAV resource sponsor and worked a variety of issues dealing with LPD Combat Systems and C4I requirements, as well as initial planning of Shock Trials for LPD -19.

In 2005, CAPT Coppeans reported to the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the N810 branch as the Acquisition Section Head. His section processed all JCIDS requirements documents for the Navy. During that time, CAPT Coppeans spearheaded changes to the process which cut document processing time by over 100 days. As well, he was instrumental in facilitating standing up of the Naval Capabilities Board (NCB) and Resources and Requirements Review Board (R3B). From there, CAPT Coppeans reported to Supervisor of Shipbuilding Detachment, Marinette Wisconsin as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) Program Managers Representative. CAPT Coppeans supervised the construction of the first LCS from Launch to Delivery to Sailaway. In January 2009, CAPT Coppeans reported to the LCS Mission Module Program Office (PMS 420) as the Test and Evaluation Assistant Program Manager, and spearheaded testing of the first 30mm Gun Mission Module to support LCS-1 early deployment, as well as risk reduction end-to-end testing of the MCM Mission package in 2010.

In April 2011, CAPT Walt Coppeans was assigned to the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate as the Surface Ship Design and Systems Engineering, In-Service Ships, Deputy Division Director (SEA 05D5). In July 2013, CAPT Coppeans assumed command of the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, (NAVSSES).

CAPT Coppeans personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit awards and citations.

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