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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. 

CDR David C. Neily, USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


CDR David C. Neily, USN


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

Commander Neily made numerous outstanding contributions to Naval Engineering and Fleet Readiness while serving as Repair Officer on board USS SIERRA (AD-18) and then as Commanding Officer of Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Demonstrating superb engineering skill and dynamic leadership, CDR Neily led the 350 men and women of USS SIERRA's Repair Department through a six month Mediterranean deployment which established a new standard of excellence for deployed tenders.  His 49 year old ship completed more than 4500 jobs on 32 different ships during 16 alongside availabilities and 22 concurrent availabilities.  He provided the inspiration and driving force behind several highly innovative ship repair techniques which saved the taxpayers millions of dollars and allowed numerous ships to remain on station and battle ready.


Utilizing a new Gas Turbine Repair Shop, built from scratch by CDR Neily, USS SIERRA successfully completed three separate Gas Turbine Generator change-outs, two of which were done while at anchor under extremely difficult conditions. His shop successfully completed an emergency change-out of an entire main propulsion Gas Turbine Engine and numerous other gas turbine repairs permitting several critical assets to sail on schedule in support of Operation Desert Storm.


USS SIERRA was dispatched to Florida on short notice to assist the Hurricane Andrew relief efforts.  Utilizing detailed material lists developed by CDR Neily, tons of supplies and equipment were loaded in a matter of hours and USS SIERRA was the first Navy ship to arrive in the area.  Because of his brilliant planning, USS SIERRA dispatched hundreds of properly prepared and equipped workers immediately upon arrival.


As Commanding Officer of Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, CDR Neily demonstrated superb leadership and engineering expertise.  SIMA GTMO played a vital role when the mass exodus of Haitian migrants began, outfitting virtually every Coast Guard cutter and Navy ship on the east coast with special equipment vital to at-sea rescue.  This huge task was repeated when Cuban migrants went to sea in unstable makeshift craft.


CDR Neily's infectious "Can Do" approach and tireless determination have expanded the traditional boundaries which define what can be accomplished by a forward deployed maintenance organization, and he has clearly demonstrated a tremendous potential for Naval Maintenance Activities in non-traditional roles such as disaster relief.  CDR Neily is most worthy to receive the Claud A. Jones Award for 1994.