April 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

ASNE Northern New England Section Elects Officers—Speaker Compares USSR And U.S. Warship Design Practice

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Northern New England Section elected a new slate of officers for 1977 at a recent dinner/meeting held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Officer's Club. Harold Neville was elected to helm the section as chairman; Bob Hockenhull, vice chairman; Walt McEvoy, treasurer ; Wadsworth Hardy, secretary ; Gary Adams, councilman for three years; Kenneth Lanzillo, councilman for three years, and Jim McReynolds, councilman for one year.

Appointed officers f o r 1977 are: Comdr. Peter Tarpgaard, program chairman; Leon Valley, hospitality chairman; Bruce Young, membership chairman; Edward Henny, publicity chairman, and Comdr.

Clark Sachse, papers chairman.

Goals set f o r the coming year by the new officers of ASNE were: (1) increase in membership for the Northern New England Section by 20 percent; (2) increase attendance at the technical meetings; (3) increase publicity, and (4) increase technical papers.

At the well-attended meeting, the guest speaker was Capt.

James W. Kehoe of NAVSEC.

His topic of discussion for the meeting was "Warship Design: Ours and Theirs," which compared the Soviet characteristics with the United States. The design of current Soviet warships seems to give top priority to the same characteristics — firepower and mobility — that the United States did in World War II. Modern U.S. warship designs, however, stress electronics and habitability, and lower priority to those characteristics the Soviets rate the highest: weapons and propulsion. Captain Kehoe also reviewed the design of the new Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev, with slides showing unbelievable ship detail. Captain Kehoe served on three aircraft carriers, most recently as engineering officer of the USS Wasp (CUS-18), and onboard three destroyers, most re- cently commanding the USS John R. Pierce (DD-753). Ashore, he has had duty in nuclear weapons, the Polaris missile program, and instructing in project management.

He is currently Assistant for Special Projects at the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Washington, D.C.

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