Captain Grabb Appointed ASNE Technical Director
Capt. James E. Grabb, USCG (ret.) has assumed the position of technical director on the staff of the American Society of Naval Engineers, in Alexandria, Va. This new position was created to provide the leadership necessary to implement the technical portion of the goals and objectives recently established by the Society.
Captain Grabb retired from the U.S. Coast Guard July 1, 1983, following 30 years of service. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1953 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, where he received his professional degree of Naval Engineer and his M.S. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
Captain Grabb's Coast Guard career included all phases of ship acquisition and support. He served as an engineering officer in Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Klamath. He was responsible for repair, maintenance and overhaul of Coast Guard Cutters in the First and Fifth Coast Guard Districts, and was resident inspector for the detail design, construction, outfitting and acceptance of seven 210-foot medium-endurance cutters. His assignments at Coast Guard headquarters included assistant chief, design branch chief, Ocean Engineering Division, and chief, procurement division. During his last assignment he was chief, major systems acquisitions staff with responsibility for acquisition of 270-foot medium endurance cutters, the midlife rearmament and modernization of 370 foot high endurance cutters and a new class of Great Lakes/Arctic Icebreakers. Captain Grabb has been a member of ASNE for 26 years. He has served a term on both the national and flagship section councils and he has been a member of the Naval Engineers Journal Committee for over eight years.