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Marine Log

January 9, 2008

BAE Systems names ship repair president

BAE Systems has appointed Bill Clifford as president of its Ship Repair business, effective April 1, 2008.

Clifford will succeed Al Krekich, who will retire March 31, 2008, after serving as Ship Repair's president for the past 10 years.

As president, Clifford will lead the operation and grow the business, which provides ship maintenance and modernization services to U.S. Navy, government and commercial customers from shipyards in Norfolk, San Diego, San Francisco and Hawaii. Ship Repair also includes the Maritime Engineering & Services business area, headquartered in San Diego.

"Bill Clifford brings nearly 40 years of leadership experience in the United States Navy and private sector ship repair industry to his new role," said Marshall Banker, president of BAE Systems Customer Solutions. "During his past three years as president and general manager of our Norfolk Ship Repair business area, Bill has demonstrated extensive industry knowledge, a high level of customer focus, and superior leadership skills."

Clifford has been with the company since 2004, when he served as president and general manager of Hawaii Shipyards, Inc., a United Defense Industries (UDI), Inc. company. He became president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair when BAE Systems acquired UDI in 2005.

Following a 20-year active duty career in the U.S. Navy -- during which he served in a variety of command positions at sea and ashore -- Clifford held positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector ship repair industry.

Clifford holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. BAE Systems Ship Repair is the United States' leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company focused on drydock and ship repair services for the U.S. Navy, other defense agencies and commercial customers. It has major operations in Norfolk, San Diego, San Francisco and Hawaii.

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