The May General Membership Luncheon meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The guest speaker was RDML Jason Lloyd, Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Naval Systems Engineering and Logistics, SEA-05, Naval Sea Systems Command.
RDML Lloyd spoke of the constant struggle, as Deputy Commander of SEA-05, to simultaneously balance the repair requirements of both current and future fleet readiness. He discussed the need to consider the specific mission requirements of the ship being repaired rather than simply churning out the availability, which may deliver less than ideal results. RDML Lloyd says that delivering combat power is the ultimate goal and stressed the importance of keeping up with and utilizing technology management systems.
RDML Lloyd provided an overview of the organizational structure that directly reports to him within NAVSEA-05. Lloyd described how the foundation of the organization could be partitioned into either blue or red boxes; the blue box consists of Chief Systems Engineers (CSE), and the red group consists of Technical Domain Managers (TDM).
Specifically, blue box issues deputy system warrants all the way down the command structure to public shipyard engineers, and are all tied back to himself, RDML Lloyd stated. On the other hand, red box is more concerned with all technical requirements for ship equipment, such as pumps, valves, AC units, etc.
RDML Lloyd reminded the Membership of some important historical perspective, telling the story of the U.S. Navy’s challenging ship repair situation involving the USS Yorktown on the eve of World War II’s Battle of Midway. He recalled how the Yorktown’s repairs had originally been estimated to take several months but that, to effectively meet the demands of that battle, risks were taken to supercharge repairs so that the ship could be made battle-ready within several days. He made sure to point out that these repairs were made to face current tactical demands of the battle (current readiness) and not to fully address the ship’s integrity to ensure it stayed underway after the operation (future readiness). With this in mind, he stated that the right technical decision largely depends on the operational commitments of that time.
RDML Lloyd answered several questions from VSRA Membership, thanked those in attendance for having him as the speaker, and wrapped up with an important sentiment: that we are all “one team, one fight.”
RDML Jason Lloyd is a native of Maryville, Tennessee and a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. His shipboard tours include USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). From May 2013 until June 2016, he served as the first reactor officer on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in Newport News, Virginia. During these assignments, Lloyd conducted deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean as well as executed a Refueling Complex Overhaul and a New Construction testing program. Ashore, Lloyd served as deputy project superintendent at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Maintenance Coordinator at Commander Naval Air Forces; principal assistant Program Manager at PEO Carriers; program manager representative for Refueling Complex Overhaul and program manager representative for New Construction Carriers at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News. Following his Reactor Officer tour, Lloyd served as executive assistant to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. From June 2017 until March 2020 Lloyd served as commanding officer of the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia.
In May 2020, Lloyd assumed duties as chief engineer and deputy commander for Ship Design, Integration and Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command. As the Navy’s chief engineer and NAVSEA deputy commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering, Lloyd leads the engineering and scientific expertise, knowledge, and technical authority necessary to design, build, maintain, repair, modernize, certify, and dispose of the Navy’s ships, aircraft carriers, submarines and associated combat and weapons systems. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) in addition to various unit awards.
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