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NEWS | Feb. 21, 2024

Anderson Resumes Command of PEO Ships

By Team Ships Public Affairs

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – Rear Adm. Tom Anderson relieved Tom Rivers, Senior Executive Service (SES) as Program Executive Officer (PEO), Ships at the Washington Navy Yard February 21.

Rivers assumed the role of PEO, Ships (Acting) in August 2023.

“Thank you to the incredible PEO Ships team for your unwavering support and collaboration during my tenure as Acting PEO,” said Rivers. “It has been a distinct privilege to lead a team composed of so many outstanding professionals that accomplishes so much for our Navy.  Your dedication, professionalism, and hard work have left an indelible mark on me.” 

The Honorable Nickolas Guertin, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RD&A), served as the presiding official.

Rear Adm. Anderson returns to the helm of PEO Ships after serving as Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) (Acting), August 2023-January 2024. Anderson’s previous flag assignments include commander Naval Surface Warfare Center, Department of Defense executive manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training, commander Navy Regional Maintenance Center and Naval Sea Systems Command director Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization.

“I am thankful for all Tom Rivers achieved over the last six months as PEO Ships (Acting),” said Anderson. “I am energized to build on those achievements as we generate the Surface Force the Navy needs.”

Tom Rivers, will return to his previous role as Executive Director for Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift programs within PEO Ships, overseeing one of the broadest acquisition portfolios in the Navy, including more than $40 billion in complex shipbuilding procurements.

Program Executive Office, Ships is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, special mission ships, support boats and craft.