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NSWC PHD project engineer awarded ASNE Fleet Engineer Award

By By, J.W. Marcum | NSWC PHD | Feb. 26, 2018

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) Combat Systems Project Engineer (CSPE), Joseph Peterson, is the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) 2017 Claud A. Jones Award recipient for fleet engineering. He will be presented the award at the 2018 MegaRust Conference in San Diego, scheduled for May 22-24.

Peterson was selected for significantly improving operational engineering or material readiness of maritime forces over the past three years.

He currently serves as the CSPE at NSWC PHD’s San Diego duty station, where he provides engineering, integration, test and evaluation, and assessment of the Navy’s surface combat weapons systems.

“I would do anything for the men and women in our armed forces and feel blessed to receive recognition for my professional performance,” said Peterson. “I thank my mentors for their patience and my command leadership for entrusting me with the responsibilities on special projects over the years.”

Peterson was recently assigned as the CSPE analyzing combat systems damage aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCain (DDG 56) following at-sea collisions.

Specifically, Peterson was recognized by ASNE “For his unwavering dedication as the Emergent Response Integrated Warfare System (IWS) on-site team lead for USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the USS McCain (DDG 56) collisions, as well as his teamwork and leadership as a CSPE on numerous Chief of Naval Operations availabilities providing valuable insight into triage, investigation, prioritization, repair, and assessment of combat weapon systems.”

He was a key element of the team tasked by the Aegis Program Executive Office (PEO) to develop a high level Concept of Operations (CONOP) centered on mobile logistics, an emergent maintenance and repair response of Aegis ships at war across multiple areas of responsibility. 

His reporting and actions garnered attention from the Chief of Naval Operations as well. During this time on the team, Peterson interacted with senior leadership at Commander Seventh Fleet and Commander Pacific Fleet to provide an accurate and deliberate plan to put the USS Fitzgerald on an expedited path to wholeness. He continues to monitor and provide insight when necessary to the repair planning. 

The multi-phased CONOP incorporated collaboration with the ship repair community to prepare for the challenges of war at sea with a peer competitor, a threat that has not been present since World War II. Mr. Peterson spearheaded those forward-thinking discussions, and was the principal subject matter expert, having previously provided on-site technical assistance with the damage assessments of USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Porter (DDG 78), and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), which had sustained damage from terrorist actions, at-sea collisions, and Missile System Test mishaps.

Previously, Peterson served as the critical link between PEO IWS, NSWC PHD, Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Conversion, Newport News Naval Shipway, commercial manufacturing counterparts, and NSWC Dahlgren Division in the successful operation and development of the Navy’s next generation of surface combatant radars and their combat system elements.

“It’s the fleet engineers serving In-Service Engineering Agents and waterfront activities who provide daily emergent support to the Navy who should be recognized for their efforts,” said Peterson. “I have worked with these talented individuals throughout my entire career on ships and in shipyards and used their knowledge and professional prowess as inspiration.”

Peterson has been a member of the naval engineering community for over 23 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. In 2007, he transitioned to his assigned duty station in San Diego.