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Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair - Bath, ME

SUPSHIP Bath oversees the design and construction of five Navy ship classes at three private shipyards in Bath, Maine, Marinette, Wis., and San Diego, Calif. SUPSHIP Bath’s product line includes Arleigh Burke Destroyers (DDG 51), Zumwalt Destroyers (DDG 1000), Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) Ships, and John Lewis Fleet Replenishment Oilers (T-AO). Once these ships sail away from their respective building yard, SUPSHIP Bath oversees the post shakedown availabilities in their homeports.

Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair, USN
574 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530-1905

Hart Assumes Command of SUPSHIP Bath
March 25, 2022 - BATH, Maine. — Capt. David Hart relieved Capt. Joseph Tuite as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, March 25.As the 32nd commanding officer,...

Royal Australian Navy Officer Supports the Future USS Daniel Inouye
March 2, 2021 - In January 2019, as part of its inaugural participation in the U.S. Navy Personnel Exchange Program, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Bath welcomed Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Elizabeth Ringrose-Voase into the role...

Tuite Assumes Command of SUPSHIP Bath
May 26, 2017 - BATH, Maine — Capt. Joseph Tuite relieved Capt. Michael Taylor as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, May 26...
Robert J. Footer Jr. assumed the duties of deputy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Conversion and Repair Bath, Maine, in February 2008.   As SUPSHIP Bath’s senior civilian, he is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of five Navy ship classes at four private shipyards across the country.  These include:  Arleigh-Burke (DDG 51) and Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class destroyers being built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) being built at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis.; Mobile Landing Platform ships being built by NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.; and Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ships being built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash.  

From 2005 to 2008, Footer served as deputy program manager’s representative for the DDG 51 Program, where he was responsible for overseeing all elements of the ship production process.  His work included facilitating a significant facility expansion at Bath Iron Works to accommodate larger production units with the goal of reducing cost and improving cost performance for the Navy.  Prior to this position, Footer served as ship delivery officer from 2001 to 2005 for USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Momsen (DDG 92).

Footer worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 1989 to 2001.  In his last position, he served as the assistant chief engineer for mechanical engineering in the overhaul, repair and modernization of Los Angeles Class submarines.  

Footer graduated from University of Maine, Orono, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with a Level III certification in Production Quality Management.
Robert J. Footer Jr.
Deputy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Bath, ME

Our Bath, Maine location has DEERS / RAPIDS ID Card capability for active and retired military and their families.
Please call ahead to ensure the office will be open when you visit.  Please call ahead for handicap access directions.
Phone: 207-442-5153

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday: 0700-1100
Thursday: 1200-1430
Friday:  Closed



People Profile: Joe MacDonald, SUPSHIP Bath Electrical and Combat Systems Engineering Division manager