Mr. Eric Gillespie

Division Deputy Technical Director, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport

Mr. Eric R. Gillespie began his service as Division Deputy Technical Director (DDTD) for Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport in October 2015.  As DDTD, Mr. Gillespie serves as the Navy Technical Expert in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E), and life cycle sustainment of the Division’s technical products.  He also assists the Division Technical Director in management and oversight of command mission: test and evaluation, in-service engineering, maintenance and repair, fleet support and industrial base support for undersea warfare systems, undersea weapon systems, countermeasures and sonar systems. 


Mr. Gillespie began his Federal Service career in 1985 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Wash.  Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Gillespie was the Chief Engineer at PSNS & IMF, accepting that appointment in May 2006.  As Chief Engineer, he represented NAVESA 05 as the Warranted Local Technical Authority responsible for ship technical specifications and repair procedures, and was the final certifying authority for satisfactory completion of all non-nuclear work and testing prior to delivering ships back to the fleet following maintenance, overhaul, and repair periods in the Shipyard. 


From 2003 until 2006, Mr. Gillespie was the Mechanical Engineering Division Manager, where he managed and directed all engineering, planning, and support efforts of his division in support of ship maintenance and repair in Bremerton, WA, and at multiple ports around the world.  From 2001 to 2003 he was the Operations Planning Manager where he improved the shipyard process for initial selection and training of Project Team Leaders, and directed the planning, scheduling and sequencing of maintenance, overhaul, and repair work on ships assigned to the Shipyard.  From 1989 to 2001 he rotated through numerous assignments as a Project Engineer and Project Engineering Planning Manager where he lead the Engineering and Planning support effort for numerous major overhaul and maintenance periods on carriers and submarines. 


During his career, Mr. Gillespie has been the recipient of numerous awards for Outstanding Performance, and Special Acts.  In 2008 he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his leadership role in extensive emergent repairs to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) following a major fire.  Just prior to his departure from PSNS & IMF to commence his new assignment at Keyport he was awarded the Superior Service Award for his many successes and accomplishments as Chief Engineer.

Mr. Gillespie earned his bachelor's of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1985.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer since 1992.