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Rear Admiral (select) Thomas J. Eccles
Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare and Undersea Technology, Naval Sea Systems Command
Rear Admiral (select) Thomas J. Eccles was born on Johnson Air Force base in Japan and raised in Wallingford, Ct., where he graduated from
Mark T. Sheehan High School in 1977. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.
Rear Adm. (sel) Eccles became the 43rd Commander of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in March 2007. He also serves as Deputy
Commander for Undersea Warfare at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), with responsibility for the safety, certification, maintenance and
modernization of the submarine fleet. As Commander of NUWC and Deputy Commander for Undersea Technology in NAVSEA, he is responsible
for the Navy’s full-spectrum of research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous
underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfareRear Adm. (sel) Eccles was Program
Manager for Advanced Undersea Systems, responsible for the research and development submarines and the Navy’s submarine escape and
rescue systems including atmospheric diving systems. Before that, he was Program Manager of Seawolf class submarines through the delivery
of USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), where his team was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was also Program Manager for the design
and construction of the unmanned autonomous submarine Cutthroat (LSV 2).
Rear Adm. (sel) Eccles served at sea aboard USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) and USS Gurnard (SSN 662). After transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer community, he was
ship superintendent for the conversion of Richard B. Russell at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. At Mare Island he demonstrated the ability to dry dock nuclear powered ships and
aircraft carriers at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco including USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS California and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Rear Adm. (sel) Eccles was project officer
for USS Parche (SSN 683) and assistant program manager for deep ocean engineering in the Navy’s Deep Submergence Systems Program. He served twice in the Virginia Class
Submarine Program, directing design and construction. He was Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
Rear Adm. (sel) Eccles’ education includes degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, the Naval Engineer degree and in Management from MIT’s
Sloan School. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the foreign policy program Seminar XXI, and was elected
to the Society of Sigma Xi. He serves on the Sloan Fellows Board of Governors at MIT. He is qualified in submarines, as a deep sea diver and a salvage officer. His decorations
include the Legion of Merit (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), and other individual and unit awards.
Updated: 8 March 2007
Thanks to Laurence "Marv" Marvin for pointing me to this information. I, too, enjoyed
serving with Mr. Eccles and enjoyed reading this. Best wishes!
I was surfing the web recently and came upon the following admiral’s bio for Thomas Eccles, who was a junior officer during both our stints on the RBR. He was a pretty decent
guy; unusual because he had never gone to nuke school; part of a pilot program to allow some officers to serve on boats as forward, non-nuclear officers while they still had
some creativity. I figure this will add to the archive.
Laurence, “Marv” Marvin
ex RM2 (SS) 1979-83.