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Anderson Assumes Command of SEA 21 and Regional Maintenance Centers

By Team Ships Public Affairs | June 3, 2019

WASHINGTON - Rear Adm. Tom Anderson relieved Rear Adm. Jim Downey as commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) and deputy commander, Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command (SEA 21) during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard May 31.

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. Tom Moore provided the opening remarks for the ceremony.

"Over the last 36 months, Jim has had the most demanding one-star job within NAVSEA," said Moore. "What he has done over the past three years is fundamentally change the trajectory of how we oversee and manage surface ship maintenance. Tom is a fantastic leader with a proven record of success over his career, and it is not a coincidence that when I was looking to fill the toughest one-star job in NAVSEA that I turned to Tom Anderson."

Anderson is an engineering duty officer who most recently served as commander for Naval Surface Warfare Center. His tenure included serving as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program manager, where he is largely credited with stabilizing the LCS shipbuilding program; as NAVSEA executive assistant; as Office of the Chief of Naval Operations requirements officer; as chief engineer and post-delivery branch head for the DDG 51 class; as commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, mine warfare type desk officer; and as ship superintendent and planning yard officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine.

As NAVSEA's deputy commander for Surface Warfare, SEA 21 is the dedicated life cycle management organization for the Navy's in-service surface ships and is responsible for managing critical modernization, maintenance, training and inactivation programs.

CNRMC is a NAVSEA field activity and oversees the operations of Regional Maintenance Centers (RMC) in their execution of surface ship maintenance and modernization. The RMCs, located in Norfolk, Virginia; Mayport, Florida; San Diego, California; Naples, Italy; Rota, Spain; Manama, Bahrain, and Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan, are responsible for coordinating the depot- and intermediate-level maintenance of the Navy's surface fleet. CNRMC is also responsible for the coordination of intermediate-level maintenance activities at Northwest RMC at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington and Hawaii RMC embedded in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

Downey has been designated to lead Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers as the program executive officer. The change of office ceremony for PEO Carriers is scheduled for June 21.

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