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History of American Navy Ships of the Line
Lessons for the Navy Today

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History of American Naval Dry Docks

A Key Ingredient To A Maritime Power

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About the Author

Captain Richard D. Hepburn, PE, U.S. Navy (Ret) is Chairman of the Board of Hepburn and Sons LLC. Hepburn and Sons LLC has been in business since 2010 with over 60 dedicated professionals and continues to provide technical support to the U.S. Navy, other DoD, and supporting industry. As Commanding Officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine for the US Navy, he was responsible for the quality and contract oversight of over 7 billion dollars of DDG 51 Flight IIA shipbuilding contracts for the US Navy. Before this tour, he was NAVSEA Director of Surface Ship Design and System Engineering Group. A nationally known expert in drydocking, Captain Hepburn conducted over 117 docking evolutions including multiple heavy lift ship operations for mine countermeasure ships. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1976 with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. In 1988, he earned his Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Naval Engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis was titled “Nonlinear Three Degree of Freedom Submarine Drydock Blocking Systems.” He is a past president of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and received the ASNE 2003 Frank G. Law Award. He was also a past President of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA). Captain Hepburn was the District of Columbia Council of Engineers 2017 Engineer of the Year. He holds professional engineering license in the States of Virginia, Georgia, and Massachusetts. He is also a graduate for the DoD advanced Program Managers Course. He is married to Debra A. Hepburn. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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