Chesapeake Section - From Flivvers to Flight III: The Evolution of the US Navy Destroyer

When:  Sep 17, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Chesapeake Section
Please join us for us for a joint ASNE Flagship/SNAME Chesapeake section technical program meeting titled "From Flivvers to Flight III: The Evolution of the US Navy Destroyer." The destroyer has for more than a century been the most numerous of the US Navy Surface combatants, growing from its original role as a “Torpedo Boat Destroyer” to the multi mission AEGIS equipped destroyers of the 21st century. The talk will break down the eight distinct generations of destroyers the US Navy has fielded, discussing how changing technology, missions, and operational experience have driven the development of these ships. The term Flivver will also be explained.

Speaker Name & Bio
Mr. James Harrison, Director, Combatant Ships Division NAVSEA 05D2 

James is currently the Division Director for the Combatant and Mine Warfare Ships Division (SEA 05D2) at NAVSEA, recently moving over from 9 years as the Division Director for Expeditionary Warfare Ships (SEA 05D3).

He graduated in 1991 from Virginia Tech with a degree in Ocean Engineering and started with the Navy at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he worked in the Surface Ship Structures Code in the planning yard for CGN, CVN, LHA, and LHD class ships.

In 1996, he moved to NAVSEA in the general arrangements and habitability branch, where he supported the LPD 17 program, before moving to the Concept Design Division in 1998. From 2001-2003, he was on exchange with UK Ministry of Defence, Sea Technology Group, working in the Ship Safety Management Office supporting the Royal Navy.

He served as the Ship Design Manager for various programs from 2004 to 2010 supporting for the SEA FIGHTER, E-Craft, and T-AKE Programs.

As the son of a naval officer, he has had a lifelong interest in Naval History. When his Dad was on 3rd Fleet staff in the 1970s, he would come to the office on Ford Island and read Jane’s Fighting Ships after school. As an engineer minoring in history at VT, he wrote papers on topics such as the naval limitation treaties of the interwar years. Fifteen years ago he was one of two NAVSEA 05D employees asked to serve as experts for a Military Channel TV show on the top 10 Warships of the 20th century.

Registration Fees:
$10 - which includes sandwiches, water, soda, and chips
* Additional $5 surcharge for cash or check payments at the door

This is a US citizen only event due to the facility requirements 
Please RSVP by NOON Monday, September 16, 2019


CACI (Maritime Plaza)
1201 M Street, SE - 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20003


Margaret Nate
(757) 272-8777