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NSWC Philadelphia Division Commanding Officer Captain Dana F. Simon, USN


Capt. Dana F. Simon graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Aviation Branch. He served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Operations Officer in the 123rd Aviation Regiment assigned to the 6th Infantry Division in Fort Wainwright, Ala. Leaving the Army in 1989 to pursue graduate education, he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1992.

Over the next ten years, Capt. Simon worked as a manufacturing engineer in Austin, Tex. for various semiconductor capital equipment manufacturing companies including Applied Materials, Advanced Machine Programming and Celerity. Relocating to Hawaii in 2003, he took a position as Process Improvement Engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Capt. Simon received a direct commission into the Navy Reserves as an Engineering Duty Officer in 1999. He served as Administrative Officer for NSWC Port Hueneme Division Det 210 in Houston, TX. After moving to Hawaii, he served as Executive Officer for Naval Surface Group MIDPAC Det 610. Capt. Simon was recalled to active duty in 2004.

He was assigned to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and served as the Deputy Project Superintendent on multiple depot level submarine availabilities and as Shipyard Docking Officer. CAPT Simon's next tour was at Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic (SUBLANT), where he served as the Maintenance Readiness and Improvements Officer. During his tenure at SUBLANT, CAPT Simon deployed to Iraq as an Individual Augmentee in 2009. He was assigned to the Second Marine Expeditionary Force in Al Asad as the CREW Technical Officer. In 2011, he reported to USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) in Agana, Guam, where he served as the Repair Officer. CAPT Simon reported to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in September 2013. He was the Production Resources Officer and completed his shipyard tour as Business & Strategic Planning Officer. Prior to his current role, he served as commanding officer of Defense Contract Management Agency - Navy Special Emphasis Operation.

He assumed command of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division in May 2019.

In addition to his personal decorations, Capt Simon is honored to wear the Iraq Campaign Medal in remembrance of the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines who gave the ultimate sacrifice with honor.






Thomas A. Perotti, Technical Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia



In February 2019, Navy leadership selected Mr. Thomas A. Perotti as the second Technical Director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD). He previously served as NSWCPD’s first Deputy Technical Director and Senior Scientific Technical Manager. Mr. Perotti formulated future Division plans and technical direction for people, investments, tools, technologies and capabilities.  


In 1987, Mr. Perotti began his career as a Cooperative Education Student from Drexel University. Over his 30-year career in Philadelphia, he developed technical expertise across the Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) life cycle in machinery systems and auxiliary system controls.  His expertise includes SUBSAFE design and certification, submarine radar and communication system design and sustainment, full-scale propulsion plant testing, and cybersecure engineering of shipboard networks, enterprise machinery controls and navigation systems.


As a focused and strategic leader and manager, Mr. Perotti has provided direction and management of the technical, financial, and resource planning and development across the Hull, Mechanical & Electrical (HM&E) program spectrum including the design, construction, operation, test and maintenance of the Nation’s Full-Scale Marine Propulsion Test Facilities.


To fulfill the Warfare Center mission, he served as the Philadelphia Test and Evaluation Director, Facility Health Assessment Lead, and Machinery Research and Development Investment Board Lead for Military Construction (MILCON), Minor Construction (MINCON), and Capital Investment Planning.  


Mr. Perotti maintains a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification in the Engineering Career Field within the Acquisition Professional Community (APC). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Drexel University and completed post-graduate coursework in computer engineering as well as holds a Certificate in Public Management from Indiana University.