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Senior Executive Sealift Forum Explores Joint Sea Base

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050503-19
Release Date: 5/3/2005 6:16:00 PM

From Navy Chief of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Senior Executive Sealift Forum, co-sponsored by the Department of Navy, the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers' (SNAME) Sealift Panel, was held April 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C.

High ranking military and maritime industry officials met to explore how the maritime industry could support the Department of Defense's Joint Sea Base and faster deployments timelines with commercially viable ships of higher speeds.

Government presenters included Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations; Jeffrey Shane, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy; Air Force Gen. John Handy, commander, U.S. Transportation Command; Air Force Lt. Gen. Duncan McNabb, director for Logistics, the Joint Staff; and Marine Brig. Gen. Thomas Conant, director, Expeditionary Force Development Center.

The industry perspective was briefed by John Clancey, chairman, Maersk, Inc; Raymond Donahue, vice president, North America, DHL Danzas Air and Ocean; and retired Army Lt. Gen Ken Wykle, president, National Defense Transportation Association.

Distinguished industry leaders sat on three panels that examined the National Water Highway System, Higher Speed Sealift, and Seabasing chaired by retired Navy Vice Adm. Al Herberger; Peter Finnerty, president, American Ocean Enterprises, Inc.; and retired Vice Adm. Frank Donovan, respectively.

The National Water Highway System panelists were Chuck Raymond, president, Horizon Lines; John Gaughan, chairman, Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council; and Robert Kunkel, chairman, Short Sea Shipping Cooperative.

The Higher Speed Sealift panelists were Ray Ebeling, president and chairman, American Roll-On Roll-Off Carriers; Darren Savoye, director, Advanced Programs, Bollinger Shipyards; and Ron Widdows, chief executive officer, American Presidents Lines.

The Seabasing panelists were Jack Finnegan, president, MacGregor (U.S. Army); retired Vice Adm. Jim Amerault, senior vice president, Corporate Business Development, John J. McMullen and Associates; and retired Army Col. Ed Fortunato, vice president, Government Business Development, Crowley Maritime.



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