Naval Sea Systems Command

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The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the United States Navy's five "systems commands," or materiel (not to be confused with "material") organizations. NAVSEA consists of four shipyards, nine "warfare centers" (two undersea and seven surface), four major shipbuilding locations and the NAVSEA headquarters, located at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington D.C.

NAVSEA's primary objective is to engineer, build, and support the U.S. Navy's fleet of ships and its combat systems. NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget, with more than 150 acquisition programs under its oversight.

The other Navy systems commands are:[1]


The origin of NAVSEA dates to 1794, when Commodore John Barry was charged to oversee the construction of a 44-gun frigate and ensure that all business "harmonized and conformed" to the public's interest.[2] Since then various organizations were established and succeeded them to oversee design, construction and repair of ships and ordnance.

Established in 1940, Bureau of Ships (BuShips) succeeded the Bureau of Construction and Repair, which had been responsible for ship design and construction, and the Bureau of Engineering, which had been responsible for propulsion systems. These bureaus traced their origins back to earlier organizations.

The Naval Ship Systems Command was established in 1966 replacing BuShips.[3]

The Naval Sea Systems Command was established on July 1, 1974[3] with the merger of the Naval Ship Systems Command (NAVSHIPS) with the Naval Ordnance Systems Command (NAVORD). NAVORD was the successor to the Bureau of Naval Weapons and the earlier Bureau of Ordnance.


The NAVSEA facilities are:

Program Executive Officers (PEO)

NAVSEA's five affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) are responsible for all aspects of life-cycle management of their assigned programs. PEOs report to the NAVSEA commander for planning and execution of in-service support, and to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) for acquisition-related matters.[7]

The NAVSEA affiliated PEOs are:

  • Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers (PEO Carriers)
  • Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS)
  • Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ship (PEO LCS)
  • Program Executive Officer, Ships (PEO Ships)
  • Program Executive Officer, Submarines (PEO Subs)

Command history

2013 shooting

On Monday, September 16, 2013, a 34-year-old former U.S. Navy veteran and current IT contractor, identified as Aaron Alexis, gained access to the Navy Yard using a valid ID card,[19] entered Building 197, and opened fire with a sawed-off shotgun and a stolen handgun, killing twelve people and wounding three others, including a D.C. police officer. Alexis was killed after engaging in a shootout with responding police.

See also

Comparable organizations


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  2. ^ "About NAVSEA". NAVSEA. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. 
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  4. ^ "NSWC Philadelphia". 
  5. ^ "NUWC Keyport". NAVSEA. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair". 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  7. ^ "About NAVSEA". NAVSEA. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. 
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  9. ^ a b Eckstein, Megan (10 June 2016). "Vice Adm. Moore Takes Command of Naval Sea Systems Command; Hilarides Retires". United States Naval Institute. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "US Navy Biographies - VICE ADMIRAL KEVIN M. MCCOY." The U.S. Navy. N.p., 4 December 2008. Web. 11 July 2010. <>.
  11. ^ LaGrone, Sam (10 June 2013). "McCoy Departs NAVSEA". United States Naval Institute. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "VICE ADMIRAL PAUL E. SULLIVAN COMMANDER NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND". United States Navy Biography. United States Navy. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "NAVSEA Holds Change of Command Ceremony". United States Navy. Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Nagel, David. "Vice Adm. Phillip Balisle Takes Helm at NAVSEA". Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs. United States Navy. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Nagle, David. "NAVSEA Commander, Navy's Senior EDO Retires". Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs. United States Navy. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  16. ^ Holley, Joe (February 23, 2008). "Vice Adm. Earl B. Fowler, 82; Naval Sea Systems Commander". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Where the fleet begins: A History of the David Taylor Research Center, 1898-1998. Government Printing Office. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-16-087308-9. 
  18. ^ "Robert C. Gooding". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Aaron Alexis' mother: 'My heart is broken' over Navy Yard shooting". CNN. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • National Archives – Records of the Bureau of Ships (NAVSEA's predecessor organization)
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