Story by Public Affairs Office on 12/14/2018WASHINGTON, DC Rear Adm. Scott W. Pappano assumed command of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) on Friday, Dec. 14, in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Pappano relieved Rear Adm. Moises DelToro III, who retired after serving as the Commander of NUWC since July 2015.
Pappano, a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, most recently served as Director, Comprehensive Test Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division. A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Pappano also holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At sea, Pappano served on USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), USS Michigan (SSBN 727 Gold), and USS Ohio (SSGN 726). He commanded USS Buffalo (SSN 715) while forward-deployed in Guam.
Assignments ashore include duty in the Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12 Tactical Action Group; onboard x-Daniel Webster (MTS 626) at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston, South Carolina; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; and Executive Assistant to the Director, Programming Division (N80) on the Navy Staff.
After selection as an Acquisition Professional, Pappano served in the Special Operations Forces Mobility Program Office (PMS 399); as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and as Major Program Manager for the Strategic and Attack Submarine Program Office (PMS 392) where he was responsible for in-service submarine maintenance, modernization and inactivation.
The NAVSEA Warfare Centers, comprised of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) and the Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), represent approximately 30 percent of the Navy's engineering and scientific expertise. NUWC is comprised of two echelon-four Divisions: Newport and Keyport, as well as one echelon-five command, Naval Sea Logistics Center (part of Keyport). NSWC is comprised of eight echelon-four Divisions: Carderock, Corona, Crane, Dahlgren, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology, Panama City, Philadelphia, and Port Hueneme, as well as one echelon- five command, Dam Neck Activity (part of Dahlgren). With nearly 150 years of history, the NAVSEA Warfare Centers provide "full-spectrum" technical advice and solutions to partners in support of naval platforms and systems.