NUWC Division Keyport
CAPT Stephen E. Iwanowicz, USN
Capt. Stephen Iwanowicz, Commander of Naval Undersea Warfare Center
(NUWC) Division, Keyport, leads an innovative workforce of over 2,800
professionals. With a focus on offensive and defensive undersea weapons
systems, they provide advanced technical capabilities for: engineering;
testing, evaluation, and training; maintenance and modernization;
obsolescence management; logistics management; information technology;
and quality assurance for the Fleet of today and the Navy of tomorrow.
A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Capt. Iwanowicz received his Navy Commission
in 1983 after receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biochemistry
and Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. A submarine
warfare officer, his initial assignment was aboard ballistic missile submarine
USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640).
Selected to the Engineering Duty Officer Program, he began his industrial
career in 1986 at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair in
Newport News, Va., overseeing nuclear submarine construction. Graduate
studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) followed, where he
earned Master of Science degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and
Naval Engineering in 1992.
At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Capt. Iwanowicz served as
Assistant Ship Superintendent for maintenance and modernization of Los
Angeles Class Submarines. In 1995 he transferred to the Board of Inspection
and Survey in Norfolk, VA., as the Chief Submarine Electrical Inspector.
Leaving in 1998 for Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va., he advanced to the position
of Project Superintendent for nuclear submarine maintenance, managing
repairs and modernization.
Immediately after the terrorist attacks of 2001, Capt. Iwanowicz reported
aboard repair ship USS Emory S Land (AS-39), stationed in Italy. As Repair
Officer, he led his 450-sailor department in providing vital Fleet support in
Operations Desert Shield and Iraqi Freedom, maintaining a diverse array of
forward-deployed warships: from submarines to aircraft carriers; from
minesweepers to US Coast Guard ships and US Army vessels.
From 2003 through 2005, he served as the Navy’s Director of Submarine
Safety and Quality Assurance at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in
Washington D.C., managing SUBSAFE and Deep Submergence Systems
Programs. After fulfilling the role of Business and Strategic Planning Officer at
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., he was selected as the
Production Resources Officer where he led a highly talented workforce of over
5,200 in nuclear and non-nuclear maintenance, modernization, and repair on
all classes of Navy ships throughout the Pacific.
Capt. Iwanowicz assumed Command of NUWC Division Keyport in September 2008.
Along with his Gold Dolphin warfare insignia, Capt. Iwanowicz has been
awarded five Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, and
three Navy Achievement Medals. Among his other awards, he is authorized to
wear the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
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