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ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.

ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States.  It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:           

  • to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
  • to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
  • to promote naval engineering as a career field.

For 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.

The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession.  It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.

Our website is designed to not only serve our members, but also to support scholars, students and others interested in the varied field of naval engineering.  We welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve your experience. 

CAPT Richard T. Holmes, USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


CAPT Richard T. Holmes, USN


For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following citation:

Commander Richard T. Holmes, U.S. Navy, while serving as Engineer Officer, USS Constellation (CV-64) from 28 July 1986 to 22 September 1988, displayed exemplary leadership and technical expertise. Constellation was the first carrier to undergo Operation Propulsion Plant Examination while deployed and received the highest grade of any carrier under the new format. This was in spite of 80 consecutive days of high-tempo operations in the North Arabian Sea in support of the American presence in the Persian Gulf and only eight maintenance days in the preceding six months. In addition, Constellation's engineering department was signed out as one of the finest ever seen during all other major inspections. 

Commander Holmes particularly distinguished himself in the successful containment, without death or serious injury, of a major conflagration which engulfed Constellation's main machinery space and 43 adjacent spaces. Through his foresight, the men of the engineering department were thoroughly trained in the damage control and firefighting techniques to be employed in entering spaces by other than normal access routes. He ensured that extra Oxygen Breathing Apparatus canisters and firefighting foam had been pre-positioned, a move that proved critical to the safety of the ship and its men. Additionally, he was able to provide stable power and keep the ship maneuverable throughout the emergency, despite the loss of half of the ship's electrical generators, boilers and engines.

Finally, much credit has to be given to Commander Holmes for his planning and management of post-fire repairs. Constellation was underway for Battle Group operations in much less time than was anticipated following the fire. Commander Holmes, a pace-setting aircraft carrier engineer officer, has kept Constellation, a twenty-seven year old national asset, ready and available to respond to any tasking, and is therefore a most worthy candidate to receive the Claud A. Jones Award for 1988.