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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. 

LCDR William A. Hale, USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


LCDR William A. Hale, USN


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

Lieutenant Commander Hale is a consummate engineering, operations and maintenance professional with over 25 years of experience keeping aircraft carriers and submarines in top condition to meet the call of our nation. As Ship’s Maintenance Manager in USS Carl Vinson he transformed the traditional carrier maintenance plan to a continuous maintenance approach, completing the equivalent of a six-month Planned Incremental Availability without the benefit of any depot availability between deployments. His efforts kept Carl Vinson’s readiness at levels prescribed by the Fleet Response Plan, ensured superior pre-deployment material readiness and achieved a score better than other carriers on a Congressionally mandated engineering inspection; earning recognition as the most battle ready carrier in the Fleet.

As the Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity Manager, he coordinated over 850 repairs on five ships. He also spearheaded a Nuclear Repair Department reorganization, increasing production efficiency by up to 50 percent; and he oversaw 125,000 man-hours of nuclear repairs without incident and consistently within schedule and budget. During deployment he led the entire ship through preparation for a Refueling Complex Overhaul; managing 20,000 man-hours of ship checks by 285 personnel to identify and validate over 3000 repair items.

Lieutenant Commander Hale has skillfully demonstrated exceptional leadership, a superb grasp of operational requirements and insightful preparedness in planning and coordinating the accomplishment of required ship’s maintenance both at home and while deployed in support of the global war on terrorism. His efforts stand as an outstanding example for Fleet Engineers throughout the sea services. Lieutenant Commander Hale 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 2005.