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Rear Admiral Thomas J. Anderson

Program Executive Officer, Ships

Rear Adm. Anderson is a native of North Brunswick, New Jersey. He was commissioned in 1991 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program at Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Anderson’s tours as a surface warfare officer included USS Capodanno (FF 1093) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), where he coordinated the first two Chief of Naval Operations availabilities of the DDG 51 Class.

Upon selection to the engineering duty community in 1996, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also completed the Total Ship Systems Engineering Curriculum and became a California State Licensed Professional Engineer.

Ashore, he has served in a variety of industrial, fleet, program office and headquarters assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, budgeting, and requirements. His ashore assignments include: Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) executive assistant; Littoral Combat Ship Shipbuilding program manager (PMS 501); Office of the Chief of Naval Operations requirements officer (N86); chief engineer and post-delivery branch head for the DDG 51 Class (PMS 400D); and Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic, mine warfare type desk officer (N43).

As a flag officer, Anderson served as commander Naval Surface Warfare Center, Department of Defense executive manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technology and Training, commander Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) and Naval Sea Systems Command director Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization (SEA 21).

Since May 2020, Anderson has served as program executive officer, Ships, where he is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, support craft, and related foreign military sales.

From August 2023 through January 2024, Anderson served as the acting commander of NAVSEA. In that role, he oversaw a global team responsible for the development, construction, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines and systems.