Marine Marinette, WI: Fincantieri Marinette Marine announced today that Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt, USN (Ret.), a former Director of Navy Staff with a nearly four-decade career in the U.S. Navy, has joined the company. He will serve as the American shipbuilder’s Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Institutional Relations.
“The U.S. Navy needs the best, but it must also be a careful steward of taxpayer dollars,” said Hon. H. Lawrence Garrett, Chairman of the Board of Fincantieri Marinette Marine and former Secretary of the Navy. “Adm. Hunt understands that. As a former commander of critical naval surface forces, he knows what the Navy needs to fight and to win.”
“I am proud to join Fincantieri Marinette Marine,” said Adm. Hunt. “I dedicated my career to the U.S. Navy. It is an extension of my service to join the team expanding and modernizing the U.S. Navy Fleet. Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s innovative engineering makes the U.S. Navy stronger and more agile, and saves American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Having spent my life aboard ships, I know the value of the best, most reliable technology. That is what Fincantieri Marinette Marine provides. Additionally, Fincantieri’s shipyards and suppliers employ over 2,500 of steelworkers, craftsmen, and engineers in my home state of Wisconsin and across the United States.”
At Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Adm. Hunt will communicate the American shipbuilder’s technological and performance advantages. He will also manage and expand Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s relationships with government customers and federal, state, and local government entities.
During Adm. Hunt’s 37 years in the Navy, he held several high-profile commands, including Commander of Carrier Strike Group Six; Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa; Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet; and Commander of Naval Surface Force for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Adm. Hunt’s shore assignments included Director of Navy Staff; Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and deputy director of Strategy and Policy, Joint Staff (J5).
“The men and women who make up Fincantieri Marinette Marine have a duty to the Navy and to the United States,” said Capt. Fred Moosally, USN (Ret.), CEO of Fincanteri USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s parent company. “That is why we employ the best – from our steelworkers in Wisconsin to our engineers in Maryland, we know that great people build great ships. We are fortunate to have Adm. Hunt join the team that helps us serve our country.”
About Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Fincantieri Marinette Marine, based in Marinette, Wisconsin, was founded in 1942 and has designed and built over 1500 vessels. Now employing nearly 1,500 people, it has built cutting edge ships for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Fincantieri Marinette Marine is part of Fincantieri Marine Group, the American company of worldwide shipbuilder FINCANTIERI. FINCANTIERI was founded more than 230 years ago and has built more than 7,000 ships.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services.
Headquartered in Trieste Italy, the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With around 19,400 employees, of whom more than 8,200 are in Italy, and 20 shipyards on four continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programs. www.fincantieri.com
Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves government customers, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) all located in the Great Lakes Region: www.fincantierimarinegroup.com
For Additional Information Contact George Moutafis, Vice President Programs, Fincantieri Marine Group, 202.488.4799 ext 6610 George.Moutafis@us.fincantieri.com