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NEWS | April 24, 2020

Ver Hage Assumes Command of SEA 21 and Navy Regional Maintenance Center

By Team Ships Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage relieved Rear Adm. Tom Anderson as commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) and director, Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization (SEA 21) at the Washington Navy Yard on Apr. 24.  The transition took place without formal ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. Tom Moore was the presiding officer. 

"NAVSEA’s top priority is delivering ships to the fleet – on time and ready to fight. In his time as commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) and director, Surface Ship and Modernization (SEA 21), Tom Anderson worked with an unquestioned sense of urgency in support of maintenance and modernization of our surface fleet. His efforts led to significant innovations in how we plan, award, and execute surface ship maintenance contracts and his efforts will have a long-standing and positive impact,” said Moore. "I am confident that the surface ship repair community will continue to achieve great things in Eric’s capable hands."

Ver Hage is a surface acquisition professional who most recently served as commander for Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center, where he led more than 27,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel, both civilian and active duty, at eight Surface Warfare Divisions and two Undersea Warfare Divisions.

His previous tours included serving at the Missile Defense Agency as the major program manager for Aegis Ashore; program executive officer of Integrated Warfare Systems project manager for U.S. participation in the Maritime Theater Missile Defense forum; commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division; commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division; associate fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Strategic Studies Group XXVI; and twice on the OPNAV Surface Warfare Directorate staff to include tours as the DDG 1000 action officer and the Weapons and Sensors branch head.

Anderson is scheduled to relieve Rear Adm. William J. Galinis as Program Executive Officer Ships on May 22.

As NAVSEA’s directorate for Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization, 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 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.