- Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore relieved Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides as
commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a June 10 ceremony at the
Washington Navy Yard.
graduated from the United State Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of
Science in math and operations analysis. He holds a degree in information
systems management from The George Washington University as well as a Master of
Science and an engineer's degree in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
2011, Moore has headed Program Executive Office Carriers where he led the
Ford-class aircraft carrier program, as well as the maintenance, modernization
and inactivation of carriers in fleet service. Other assignments include
serving as the director, Fleet Readiness and as major program manager for
In-Service Aircraft Carriers. At the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and
Repair, Newport News, Virginia, Moore served as the overhaul project officer
where he led the refueling and complex overhaul of the nuclear aircraft
carriers USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the first
year of the overhaul of USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
am honored and humbled to be taking command of such a dynamic, diverse and
innovative workforce," said Moore. "There is no other organization in
the world that does what the Naval Sea Systems Command does and I'm excited for
the challenges and opportunities that are ahead of us."
the ceremony, Hilarides retired from the Navy after serving 39 years, including
three as the NAVSEA commander.
and leading the men and women of the Naval Sea Systems Command has been the
single most rewarding experience of my life," said Hilarides. "Without ships we don't have a Navy, and
without the people who build them, repair them and man them, those ships would
be lifeless hunks of metal. I wish our
entire country knew what you all do for them every day."
Hilarides' three-year tour, NAVSEA delivered a total of 19 ships to the fleet
including the revolutionary USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of the redesigned
Virginia Class attack submarines and dozens of ships out of maintenance
availabilities. From June 2013 - June 2016, NAVSEA executed 153,495 separate contracting
actions totaling more than $88 billion.
The largest of the Navy's five systems commands,
NAVSEA's workforce engineers, designs, builds, buys and maintains ships,
submarines and combat systems that meet the fleet's current and future
operational requirements. NAVSEA's workforce consists of 70,000 civilian,
military and contract support personnel at 33 field activities across 16