Thom Violette
Board of Director
Executive Vice President, Marine Hydraulics International

Executive Vice President, Marine Hydraulics International

Work Experience

Current  - Executive Vice President, responsible for the execution of ship repair programs at Marine Hydraulics International (MHI).

2004 to 2010,   Program Manager, Marine Hydraulics International responsible for the administration and execution of the DDG-51 class MSMO contract.

2001 to 2004,  Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Newport News, Newport News, VA

Commanded the Navy’s largest and most technologically complex Naval Ship’s Supervisors office.  He was responsible for active contracts valued at $28B.  His construction projects included:  acceptance and delivery of USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), Overhaul and refueling of USS Dwight D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), Overhaul of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and construction of Virginia Class Submarines (Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and North Carolina). 

1998 to 2001, Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, WA

Commanded over 2,500 military/Government civilian and contractor personnel with detachments in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, and Canada.  He managed a $225M annual budget. He operated the Navy's only depot-level maintenance facility for torpedoes and Pacific ranges for undersea weapon development, testing, and acceptance.  He was awarded over 20 nationally recognized awards.


1997 to 1998, Deputy President, U.S. Navy, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), Norfolk, VA

Responsible for the conduct of all Navy Builders/Acceptance Trials and Underway Material Inspections of navy ships and craft and other inspections as assigned by the CNO.  He was responsible annual reporting to Navy leadership/congress and "Fit for further service" recommendations based on material condition. 

1994 to 1997, Operations Officer, U.S. Navy, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, HI

Responsible for all waterfront and in shop operations in the repair, overhaul, and modernization of Navy ships and submarines for a 4500 man shipyard.  He also served as PHNSY’s Engineering Officer.


1992 to 1994, Project/Program Manager, Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Directly responsible for the $120M, 250,000 man-day defueling and inactivation of the USS Virginia (CGN 38) nuclear cruiser inactivation.  He also served as NNSY's Business Operations Officer.


1989 to 1992, Repair Officer, U.S. Navy, USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36)

Responsible for the maintenance and operational readiness of nine nuclear attack submarines, a submarine rescue ship, and an AS 36 Class submarine tender. 


1986 to 1989, Project Manager Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Responsible for execution on 637 and 688 class submarines.  Was senior Project Manager for the two year complex overhaul of the nuclear submarine USS FINBACK (SSN 670).