Sub Group Commander Returns to Alma Mater to Talk Undersea Warfare
MONTEREY, Calif. - Research Associate Professor Doug Horner leads NPS alumnus Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge on a tour of the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research laboratory, Aug. 2. Breckenridge returned to his alma mater, Aug. 1-3, to deliver remarks to undersea warfare (USW) students and strengthen the bond between the university and the operational submarine community.
Currently serving as Commander, Submarine Group Two, Breckenridge is a 1989 graduate of NPS’ electrical engineering and acoustic engineering programs. During his return to campus, he toured research laboratories and facilities, met with key NPS faculty, and delivered two lectures to USW students, as part of the university’s Menneken Lecture series.
“Our Navy is a high-edge, technological service. We operate complex warships with sophisticated payloads that require more than just rudimentary, canon knowledge,” noted Breckenridge. “As we develop greater capabilities from the sea, we do so, really, by leveraging our academic institutions. We need to know what things are going on academia so we can pace ourselves and make sure we exact the maximum benefit out of that.”
The visit also strengthened partnerships between researchers at NPS and the operational fleet by allowing Breckenridge to share his perspectives and expectations of academia from a fleet commander’s perspective.
“It’s a two-way street, and the Naval Postgraduate School epitomizes that relationship with the operational fleet,” Breckenridge said. “The harder challenge is for academia to know what the fleet is doing so that they are able to focus their fields of research to service to the fleet."