Gibbs & Cox, Inc. announces Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi joins Board of Directors! by Cody Prince

Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi retired from the Navy in 2015. She was the 42nd Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy, serving as principal military legal counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations, and the DoD Representative for Ocean Policy Affairs. As the JAG, she led the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted paralegals, and civilians of the global Navy JAG Corps community.

"Nanette delivers an impressive breadth of international maritime and naval experience to our board at a time of tremendous growth," said President and Chief Executive, Chris Deegan.

VADM DeRenzi was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Pennsauken, NJ. She graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University in 1983 and received her J.D. from the Temple University School of Law in 1986. She later earned a Master of Laws (Environmental Law) from the George Washington University School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Jefferson Consulting Group in Washington, DC, where she oversees administrative and financial functions and the firm's day-to-day operations. She volunteered her time as Chairman of the ABA's Veterans Legal Services Commission and Co-Chair of the Secretary of the Navy's Retiree Council. She is currently a member of the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Advisory Board and serves on the board of the National Alliance for Safe Housing, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that survivors of domestic and sexual violence have access to a full range of housing options.

Gibbs & Cox Appoints Matthew Garner as Assistant Vice President, Ship Design! by Cody Prince

Mr. Garner joins G&C following a distinguished civil service career in the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command's Engineering Directorate. For the past six years he was a member of the Senior Executive Service providing technical leadership and operationally superior war-fighting capabilities for the US Navy, most recently as the Director for Submarine/Submersible Design and Systems Engineering (NAVSEA 05U), and prior to that as the Director, Ship Integrity and Performance Engineering Group (NAVSEA 05P). Learn more about Mr. Garner at

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Gibbs & Cox Awarded Navy Contract for LPD 17 and LX(R) Program Office Technical Support by Peter Buescher

ARLINGTON, Va., April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gibbs & Cox, Inc., has been awarded a contract by PMS 317 for Engineering Support Services on the Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD 17) and Amphibious Ship Replacement (LX[R]) Class Ships. The LX(R) Class is the replacement for the LSD 41/49 Classes, and will be a derivative of the LPD 17 Class. Under this contract, G&C will provide Program Management for Engineering Support Services, Class Engineering and Technical Support to both LDP 17 and LX(R) Class Ships, and manage the PMS 317 Engineering Services Design Site.

"We are thrilled with this opportunity to provide technical services to PMS 317," stated Chris Deegan, President and Chief Executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. "Gibbs & Cox has supported the U.S. Navy for over 84 years, and we are honored to have been selected to join the PMS 317 organization."

Fincantieri Announces Plan to Adapt FREMM Frigate for U.S. Navy Shipbuilder to Partner with Gibbs & Cox by Sharon Alchus

Washington, D.C – Fincantieri Marine Group announced further details on its plans to adapt its “Best‐in‐Class” FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided‐missile frigate, FFG(X). FINCANTIERI will lead an experienced industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build these multi‐mission ships capable of conducting anti‐surface, antisubmarine, and electronic warfare and air defense operations. As design partners, Gibbs & Cox, will leverage their experience modifying proven hull, mechanical and electrical systems to U.S. Navy standards. Trident Maritime Systems will serve as the Electric and Propulsion System Integrator with responsibility to design, specify and integrate these ship systems and components.  “We’ve assembled a world‐class team of partners to customize to American design standards and deliver an advanced, flexible and highly reliable ship to the U.S. Navy for their current and future needs,” said Francesco Valente, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. “Our American shipyards are tailor‐made for building small surface combatants and we have a strong, established and reliable U.S. supply chain.”

The FINCANTIERI FFG(X) design is based on FREMM, the most capable and modern off‐the‐shelf frigate available in the world for the range of capabilities required by the U.S. Navy. FINCANTIERI is building ten (10) FREMMs for the Italian Navy, six (6) of which have been delivered and have already accumulated 30,000 hours and 200,000 nautical miles in real‐world operations.

The FINCANTIERI‐led team would construct the FFG(X) ships at its American shipyards, including
Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in Marinette, Wisconsin, which was modernized for serial
production in order to build the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

Lockheed Martin awards Gibbs & cox contract for Functional Design for Multi-Mission Surface Combatant by Sharon Alchus

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin recently awarded Gibbs & Cox, the nation's leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, a contract to support the Functional Design of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC).

A derivative of the Freedom-variant, Lockheed Martin's MMSC was selected to fulfill the Royal Saudi Naval Forces' (RSNF) multi-mission surface combatant requirement. In May 2017, the United States Navy and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for four MMSCs. This agreement represents the first sale of a U.S.-built surface combatant to another nation in more than 40 years.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Lockheed Martin and extend our partnership to a new derivative and customer," said Chris Deegan, Gibbs & Cox president and CEO. "G&C's 85 years of surface combatant design experience has supported many of the world's navies via Foreign Military Sales. We look forward to working with Lockheed Martin to design the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant to meet the needs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

The MMSC is a lethal and highly maneuverable multi-mission surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation. It was designed from the keel up to confront modern maritime and economic security threats.

The MMSC takes the proven capabilities of the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom-variant hull to meet the unique maritime requirements of international navies. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. It will be based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship's 118 meter hull and it will utilize the same combined diesel and gas propulsion system.

About Gibbs & Cox, Inc. 
Gibbs & Cox is a global leader in maritime engineering and design, with nearly 7,000 vessels built to our designs since 1929. Gibbs & Cox supports commercial and military clients in the U.S. and internationally across all phases of marine design, construction, and life cycle management.  Independent and privately held, Gibbs & Cox is headquartered in Arlington, VA, with offices in New Orleans, LA; Chesapeake and Newport News, VA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA and Canberra, ACT, Australia.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


Gibbs & Cox Yacht Design Competition by Sharon Alchus

Last month, five employee teams from Gibbs & Cox presented their design concepts to a panel of judges for the G&C design competition.  The goal of this competition was to challenge the technical skills and knowledge, creativity and presentation skills of the participants.  Teams were challenged to design “Tomorrow’s Yacht”:

The results of the competition were incredible!  Five very unique and creative designs were developed.  Each of them was backed up by solid engineering and presented professionally. Deciding on a winner was no easy task.  The winning team will receive a trip to the Ft. Lauderdale boat show in November where ALL the teams will have their design displayed at the G&C/DLBA booth.

Winning team: “M/Y Heritage”   - Kevin Byers, Ryan Seifert and Tyler Steel.  Kevin Byers, Ryan Seifert and Tyler Steel created an intriguing yacht design that combines modern day amenities with traditional yacht styling.  Levering the design heritage of the S.S. United states, the team has incorporated portlights, a ships mast, bridge wings and color combinations inspired by the great steamliner. An innovative hybrid drive and an efficient hullform gives the design the range for excursions to any exotic location.

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First Runner Up:  “The Little u project” Pat Naughton.  at Naughton’s concept is a yachting experience on a small nostalgically styled cruise ship. Leaning on design aspects of the iconic S.S. United States (the “Big U”) Pat has created a design that departs from the cookie cutter cruise ships to provide a more intimate, yacht inspired experience. Potential destinations include excursions to the polar regions, Galapagos Islands and other environmentally sensitive ports of call. With that thought in mind, Pat has incorporated advanced technologies to reduce the ships environmental footprint, improve safety and increase comfort for a unique passenger experience.


Second Runner Up: “3DPC Sport Cruiser”. Peter Buescher and Andrew Edwards. Peter Buescher and Andrew Edwards took on the challenge of rethinking how a yacht could be produced. With 3-D printing technology advancing rapidly, the team conceptualized a yacht design that could take advantage of this technology on a scale yet to be attempted. Combining an extraordinarily beautiful and well-conceived design with a breakthrough manufacturing technique made this design stand out. The concept brings together traditional styling of a runabout with modern mechanical features and the potential for a host of 3-D printed options like hard-tops, flybridges and custom interior configurations. There is even an onboard 3-D printer to create small parts, spares and novelty items while cruising at a top speed of 33 knots.


Best application of technology and innovative features: “SHX 550 Sportster”.  Christopher Swanhart and Jonathan Soja.  Chris Swanhart and Jonathan Soja’s concept brings outboard propulsion power to the yacht market. As a high performance “sport yacht”, their design takes advantage of recent technology advances in high powered outboard propulsion to give a yacht owner simplicity, flexibility low environmental impact and low cost. The end result is a yacht that can be owner operated with simplicity in mind to minimizeservice, repair and down time. A perfect yacht for an owner moving up from a production built design, power options can be customized to achieve speeds from 30 knots up to nearly 50 knots. Innovations such as a gyro-stabilization, tender storage, a kite sail for sunset cruising and a drone launch and recovery station make this design much more than just a fast luxury cruiser.


Most innovative marketing concept: “American Automotive Yacht”. Sean Sweeney.  Sean Sweeney’s concept is to develop a yacht design that is inspired by one of the great American automobile manufacturers. Yacht designs based on many of the luxury European car manufacturers have been developed but none have been created for a US Manufacturer. Using the Cadillac CTS as his base, Sean has developed a 50 foot high speed catamaran design with styling cues that mimic the aggressive lines and features of Cadillac’s CT series of performance luxury sedans.  Sean quotes the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, “I wanna go fast!” and his design delivers with a blistering 45 knot top speed and a smooth “Cadillac like” ride.


Gulf Island Shipyards awards Gibbs & Cox Research Vessel Design Contract by Sharon Alchus

ARLINGTON, Va., September 1, 2017 / PR Newswire - US Newswire/ -- Gibbs & Cox, Inc., a leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has received a contract from Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC,  to perform the functional engineering and design of the Oregon State University Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV).  The vessel will be ABS Ice-Class C0 and DPS-1, Green-Marine Certified, acoustically quiet, and carry up to 29 crew and embarked scientists. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. will manage this project from their New Orleans, LA office with support from offices in Newport News, Chesapeake and Arlington, VA.  


“We are delighted to be a part of this important project with Gulf Island Shipyards.  RCRV is a state of the art research vessel employing the latest environmental and acoustic research technologies.  We look forward to the opportunity to leverage our expertise in commercial and naval ship design to ensure the success of this program.” stated Chris Deegan, President and Chief Executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.   

“Gulf Island is excited to team with Gibbs & Cox on this important project and we look forward to working with them as they mature the design package.  Gibbs & Cox’s reputation for high quality work and on time delivery of engineering and design products make them an ideal partner for this project” said Jay Hebert, Vice President of Operations at Gulf Island Shipyards.





Carleen Lyden Walker joins Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Board of Directors by Peter Buescher

Carleen Lyden Walker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, LLC has been elected to Gibbs & Cox, Inc.'s Board of Directors effective June 20th, 2017.

"Ms. Walker is an important addition to the Board.  Her marketing and communications experience in the commercial maritime industry will position Gibbs & Cox for new markets such as Maritime Environmental compliance," said President and Chief Executive Chris Deegan.

In her 40 years of professional experience, including over 25 years in shipping, she helped her clients develop business, reorganize and reposition their corporations, improve strategic planning, and manage sales.  She has provided market and financial analysis, corporate communications initiatives (advertising, public relations, and crisis media management), product and services development, and event management.  She also co-founded the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association NAMEPA, the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition, and the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.

"I am honored to have been elected to the Gibbs & Cox Board of Directors, which has a proud and long history in the commercial maritime industry," says Walker. "Their focus on market expansion into the commercial and environmental compliance markets is timed perfectly for the needs of the larger OEM and shipping industry." 

Walker graduated from Wellesley College, and studied at Cornell School of Business Administration.  In 2016, she was appointed an IMO Maritime Ambassador.

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William Landay Named Member of Gibbs & Cox Board of Directors by Peter Buescher

William Landay, global adviser at Avascent International, has been appointed to serve on Gibbs & Cox‘s board of directors.

Landay, a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, currently serves as a senior adviser at the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies and as a member of the board of directors at VT Halter Marine, Metron and WE LANDAY Consulting.

He has over 35 years of experience and held various leadership roles in the Navy including program executive officer for the Navy’s littoral and mine warfare programs.

The Navy veteran was previously director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency where he managed a $400 billion Defense Department project that provided defense technologies, equipment, training and various services to other countries.

Landay also previously served as a commanding officer of USS Aquila and USS Paul Hamilton, PEO at the Program Executive Office for Ships and chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research.


Chris Deegan speaks at ASNE's Mission Engineering and Analysis conference by Peter Buescher

G&C President Chris Deegan taking questions as part of ASNE’s Mission Engineering and Analysis II conference at the University of Mary Washington's Dahlgren, VA campus. Chris' discussion, “Affordable Future Surface Combatants: Challenging the Ship Design & Construction Paradigm" emphasized the economies and operational benefits the Navy can potentially achieve by designing common and/or existing ship architectures into Future Surface Combatant programs.

Gibbs & Cox Awarded Navy Contract for Power and Propulsion Engineering Support by Sharon Alchus


Arlington, VA –Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, has been awarded a contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) to provide Electrical and Propulsion System engineering and technical services for in-service and future U.S. Navy, fleet, and other Federal Agency Maritime assets.


NSWCP serves as the Navy’s In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) for surface ship and submarine power generation systems. Gibbs & Cox will base this effort from our G&C Philadelphia Office, and provide engineering services and equipment installation in numerous CONUS and OCONUS locations.


“We are thrilled with this opportunity to continue our close support of NSWC Philadelphia.”, said Chris Deegan, Gibbs & Cox’s Chief Executive Officer and President, “Gibbs & Cox has supported NSWC Philadelphia for over 40 years as a partner in ensuring our fleet meets the challenges of today and is prepared for the missions of tomorrow.”