NRL Change of Command
Captain Paul C. Stewart Relieves Captain Daniel R. Gahagan

10/3/2008 - 83-08r
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Captain Paul C. Stewart, USN, assumed the duties as the Naval Research Laboratory's thirty-sixth Commanding Officer during a formal Change of Command ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 3, 2008. Captain Stewart succeeds Captain Daniel R. Gahagan, USN, who retired following three years as Commanding Officer of NRL, and 29 years of Naval service.

As Commanding Officer, Captain Stewart directs the research efforts of over 1,500 NRL scientists and engineers who conduct a broadly-based multidisciplinary program of scientific research and advanced technological development in the areas of materials science, systems, ocean and atmospheric sciences, and space sciences for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and other federal agencies.

Captain Stewart reported to NRL from the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, where he served as the Deputy Director for the Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department and the Division Director of the Ocean, Atmospheric and Space Sensing and Systems Division; additionally he served as the U.S. National Liaison Officer to the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy.

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