Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NASSCO President Receives Service Award

By Mark Edward Nero

Frederick J. Harris, president of San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO was one of three men recently recognized with the United Seamen’s Service 2014 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards in New York City on Nov. 7.

Harris became president of General Dynamics NASSCO and a vice president of General Dynamics Corp. in January 2006. He began his shipbuilding career in 1973 as a senior engineer for Electric Boat’s Trident ballistic missile submarine program.

He is also president of Bath Iron Works, which has operations in Everett, Washington, San Diego, Honolulu and elsewhere in the United States.

In addition to Harris, awards were also presented to Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation; and Joseph J. Cox, President/CEO of Chamber of Shipping of America.

“This year’s recipients represent greatly diverse sectors of the maritime industry,” awards committee chair General Kenneth Wykle, USA (Ret.) said. “Stephen Cotton oversees a significant labor group whose mission is the well-being and fair treatment of the world's seafarers. Joe Cox is well regarded in international transportation circles and is greatly involved in safety issues. Fred Harris’ company has designed and built innovative tonnage for America’s sea-going fleet.”

The awards were presented at an industry dinner and dance held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Recognition was also given to American Seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.

Gen. Wykle, who’s the immediate past president of the National Defense Transportation Association, was presented with an AOTOS Recognition award at the event.