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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. 

LT Robert B. Bailey, USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


LT Robert B. Bailey, USN


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

Lieutenant Bailey has made exceptional contributions to Fleet engineering readiness while serving as Engineering Assessor and Diesel Team Leader at Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific, as  MPA in USS Tarawa and as  Chief Engineer in USS Germantown.  At ATG he quickly earned a waterfront reputation as the one to go to for advice and assistance for all conventional propulsion plants and he was the primary contact for pre-deployment engineering readiness and training qualifications for all diesel USN and USCG ships on the waterfront.  

Following the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks  LT Bailey voluntarily terminated shore duty early to return to sea as Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Tarawa.  He directed accomplishment of major boiler repairs, enabling Tarawa to complete COMPTUEX and FLEETEX in preparation for a short notice deployment. His expert leadership of propulsion plant maintenance and watch stander training ensured that the 27 year old LHA was able to complete a 25,000 mile voyage and 107 days of continuous operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom without mission degrading casualties.  He was hand selected to become Chief Engineer in USS Germantown only five months before an INSURV inspection that had been previously deferred due to high operating tempo and limited maintenance availability. Lieutenant Bailey personally orchestrated a $10 million availability, identified and corrected over 100 Casualty Report (CASREP) discrepancies and successfully passed the INSURV inspection, with Germantown cited by President of the INSURV Board as the best ship in her Class.

As a leader, Lieutenant Bailey empowers his people.  He renewed a department and divisions fatigued by sea swap and ships riddled with unavoidable equipment casualties and a relentless ship’s force maintenance workload. Lieutenant Bailey believes in training and empowering sailors to do the right thing every time. He consistently demands sound engineering practices and his outstanding mentorship and leadership by example are an inspiration to all. Lieutenant Bailey truly exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in Fleet engineering and he has consistently upheld the highest ideals of the American Society of Naval Engineers.  He is indeed most highly deserving of the ASNE Claud A. Jones award for 2004.