CAPT Sal M. Suarez, USN

Commander, Supervisor of Diving & Salvage (00C), Director of Ocean Engineering

CAPT Suarez is currently assigned to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) where he holds the position of Supervisor of Diving and Salvage (00C), Director of Ocean Engineering.

CAPT Suarez enlisted in the Navy after graduating high school and was immediately accepted to the Navy BOOST program.  He went on to graduate from North Carolina State University on an ROTC scholarship with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering.  He has completed sea tours as the First Division Officer aboard USS Frederick (LST-1184) where he earned his Surface Warfare Qualification, and as Auxiliaries Officer aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG-32).

CAPT Suarez is a U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage Officer, qualified in air and mixed-gas diving operations, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with Level III certifications in Program Management and Production Quality Management.  He earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the State of California.

His previous assignments include Executive Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, Test and Trials Principal Acquisition Program Manager for the Amphibious Warfare Program Office (PMS377), DDG51 Class Program Manager’s Representative and DDG1000 Production Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Bath, Operations and Maintenance Branch Chief for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Assistant for Salvage Operations at Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, and Naval Science professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  He also received a selection by ASN (RD&A) to serve as an academic year 2019-2020 Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow at CACI International, Inc. 

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various other personal, unit, and service awards.