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Lehnhardt Relieves Baumann as SUPSALV Director

By NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communication | May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON - Capt. Keith Lehnhardt relieved Capt. Gregg Baumann as the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), May 18.


Lehnhardt reports to SUPSALV after serving as Program Executive Officer, Maritime in the Special Operations Force Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Directorate at the U.S. Special Operations Command.  His previous tours include Commanding Officer, Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Officer in Charge, Diving Systems Detachment, Deep Submergence Unit, and a tour at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard conducting submarine repairs.


“I am thrilled to take the helm of this fast-paced and critical element of the Navy’s salvage and diving leadership.  The professionals in this office develop the techniques, establish the standards and enforce the policy which ensure diver safety and expand the capabilities of the US Navy’s diving program,” said Lehnhardt. “I am looking forward to working with the team as we move forward to continue to protect our nation’s interests and equip our divers & fleet for the future.” 

Baumann, who served as SUPSALV director since October 2014, retired from the Navy after 30 years of service.


The Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage, directs development and maintenance of the Navy's salvage, underwater ship husbandry, diving, and certification program for the U.S. Navy.