KITTERY, Maine (Tribune News Service) — The Naval Sea Systems Command on Thursday announced Capt. David S. Hunt will be the next commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The change of command will occur this summer when Hunt will take over from current commander Capt. William Greene.
Hunt is currently serving as military deputy for shipyard operations, NAVSEA in Washington, D.C. Hunt was previously assigned to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard between 2010 to 2013 as an engineering and planning officer and then as an operations officer.
“I am honored to return to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to lead this team of dedicated and skilled professionals," he said. "I am looking forward to serving once again at the Navy’s premier shipyard for attack submarine maintenance, repair and modernization. They are the best in the business.”
Hunt, a native of Philadelphia, earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s of business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a naval engineer’s degree and a master’s of science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hunt served aboard USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629), where he completed his officer submarine warfare qualification and later on USS Bluefish (SSN 675). In 1996, Hunt transferred to the engineering duty officer community and has since served at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington.
Hunt’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement medal (three awards), the National Defense Service medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals.
Hunt said he and his family, which include his wife and three children, ages 9 to 18, are excited to return to the Seacoast for not only the arts and culture of the area, but also for outdoor adventures.
“We’re big skiers, hikers and snowshoers,” he said.
Greene has served as the 84th shipyard commander since May 2013. Like Hunt, Greene also served as military deputy for shipyard operations prior to being assigned the commander of the shipyard.
"I've known and worked with Capt. Hunt for many years. He is an exceptional Naval officer and an excellent choice to lead this shipyard forward," Greene said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of experience in ship repair that will only benefit this great team of professionals."
Greene's next duty assignment has not yet been announced.
John "JJ" Joyal, a third-generation shipyard employee who has worked at the base for nearly 40 years under numerous commanders, reacted positively to the news.
"I’m pleased we have an 85th commander coming in," he said. "(Hunt) has an esteemed background. I think it is a reward for us and a reward for him. I look forward to working under his command."
Both New Hampshire senators released statements in support.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said, “I’m delighted to congratulate incoming Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commander Capt. David Hunt, and I look forward to working with him in my role on the Senate Armed Services Committee to fully support the excellent work done at the shipyard by our service members and the civilian workforce. I'm also deeply grateful to outgoing commander Capt. Greene for his service and friendship, and I applaud his strong record as commander of PNSY."
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said, “I want to congratulate Capt. Hunt on his new assignment and look forward to working with him to support the shipyard. The shipyard continues to set the gold standard for productivity and I have confidence that this progress will continue under Capt. Hunt’s leadership.”
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