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Don Dame, Rob Smith and Art Serpa

Don Dame, Rob Smith and Art Serpa

January 16, 2006

NASSCO names three VP's

GD's National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, has named three new vice presidents.

Donald H. Dame has been named VP-- Human Resources. He will report to NASSCO president Frederick J.Harris.

Dame has over 30 years of human resources business experience. For the last seven years, he has been VP Human Resources and Government Relations for Freeman Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, headquartered in Springfield, Ill.

Robert E. Smith has been named NASSCO's VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, also reporting to Harris.

Smith began his career in 1989 as a Cost Engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat; subsequently holding positions of increasing responsibility within the finance organization of Electric Boat and at General Dynamics headquarters. Most recently, he was Director of Contracts and Estimating at Electric Boat. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from Clemson University and a master's degree in Business Administration in 1993 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Arthur L. Serpa has been named VP--Production Outfitting, a new position created to help NASSCO continue its role at the forefront of American shipbuilding. He will report to Janice Grace, Senior VP--Operations.

Serpa's career includes over 30 years at Electric Boat's Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I.

His career at Electric Boat began as a machinist and includes many positions of progressively increasing responsibility--supervisor, general foreman, superintendent, superintendent of modular construction, and manager of planning. His most recent position was as Director of Manufacturing at Quonset Point.

Serpa earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in Industrial Technology from Rhode Island College.

Dame and Smith are replacing Eric Murray, former Vice President of Human Resources and Finance at NASSCO, who has retired. Serpa's position is new