Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group has appointed Admiral Robert Papp, former Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard, as President of the company’s new Washington Operations division.
The appointment marks the first time in ESG’s 41-year history that it is establishing a permanent presence in the Nation’s Capital.
On October 10, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded Eastern Shipbuilding the contract to design and construct the first series of nine Offshore Patrol Cutters, representing largest-ever vessel procurement contract in Coast Guard history. The ultimate goal of the program is to build 25 OPCs, having a potential value of more than $10 billion.
Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years, ending his career as the 24th Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, he served as the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic at the U.S Department of State, where he led U.S. international engagement on Arctic issues.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group said that as President of Washington Operations Admiral Papp will “represent ESG in Washington, D.C. and lead the strategic engagement in intergovernmental and industry operations.”
“As we embark on a number of significant projects that are integral to the maritime security of our country and the continued growth of our company, we are proud to add Admiral Bob Papp to our Team,” said Brian D’Isernia, CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., “His vast experience in both maritime security operations as well as navigating the challenges of intergovernmental operations will be invaluable and we welcome him to the ESG family.”
Eastern is a family held shipbuilding company located in Panama City, Florida. The company has approximately 1200 employees.