Captain William (Rick) Tate
Captain William (Rick) Tate is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Following graduation Captain Tate completed his initial sea tour on board USS VANCOUVER (LPD 2) where he was assigned as M&B Division Officer and Communications Officer. During this tour, VANCOUVER deployed to the Western Pacific, to include participation in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Sea Angel. In June 1992, Commander Tate reported to Maritime Propositioning Squadron Two (MPSRON TWO) where he served as operations officer during Operation Restore Hope.
In June 1993, Captain Tate reported to Naval Post Graduate School and received his Masters Degree in Information Technology Management.
After Department Head School, Captain Tate reported to MCM Rotational Crew Bravo in June 1996 as the Chief Engineer. In May 1998, Commander Tate reported to USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) as the Chief Engineer. While assigned to RUSHMORE, Captain Tate transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer program and was assigned to Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC). While at SWRMC, he planned and executed ship availabilities for amphibious and combatant ships.
In September 2002, Captain Tate transferred to the Navy Postgraduate School and completed his masters in Computer Science in September 2003. From September 2003 to March 2006 he was assigned as PEO Ships Fleet Technical deputy director. Captain Tate reported to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as the Surface Waterfront Operations and Contracting Officer (Code 400) in March 2006 and transferred in March 2010 to his current position at PREINSURV as the Director of Trials Inspections.
Captain Tate’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other naval campaign, unit, and service awards.