Larry A. Estrada
Director, Arctic Submarine Laboratory
Larry Estrada was appointed as Director, Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) in 2009 and has served the Submarine Force for over 38 years. ASL is a U.S. Navy fleet support Detachment of the Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC).
As the Director, he is responsible for the development of Arctic specific skills, knowledge, equipment, and procedures employed by the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. ASL provides experienced and qualified personnel (Arctic Operations Specialist) who embark on submarines as advisors during Arctic deployments. In addition to the operational support role in the Arctic, ASL is also responsible for the planning and coordination of periodic Arctic Ice Exercises (ICEX) and Ice Camps meeting the on-scene command, control, communications, and logistics requirements in support of the fleet’s ICEX program. ASL’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) mission is focused on the design, operational, and life-cycle support of a special suite of Arctic Temporary Alteration (TEMPALT) equipment installed onboard U.S. submarines.
Estrada began his Navy career in 1978 serving on USS PATRICK HENRY, SSBN 599 and USS NATHAN HALE, SSBN 623. After completing nine Strategic Deterrent patrols, he was assigned to Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV-2) AVALON in San Diego, CA. During this assignment he served as Operations Officer, Assistant Engineer, Navy Diver, and completed qualifications as a Pilot of a manned submersible.
From 1992 to 1995, he served on USS MCKEE (AS-41) as Submarine Repair, Auxiliary, and Electrical Division Officer. In 1995 he was assigned as a Special Projects Officer on USS PARCHE (SSN 683) completing three deployments as a Mission Control Officer. In 1998 he was assigned as the initial Officer in Charge (OIC) of a new Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV) Detachment for Commander Submarine Development Squadron Five. As the OIC, he was responsible for operating and maintaining several submarine launched and recovered semi-autonomous UUVs, including two mission configurable UUV variants with Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) payloads.
Estrada’s shore duty assignments included Executive Officer of Program Management Office for Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) at Great Neck, NY, the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center San Diego, CA, and Commander Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor, HI serving as the Force Combat/C4I Material Readiness and Modernization Officer. In 2008, Estrada retired after serving 30 years of active duty.
While on active duty he qualified in a variety of warfare specialties and was authorized to wear the Submarine Officer Warfare Insignia, Surface Warfare Officer Insignia, Gold Deep Submergence Insignia, Navy Scuba Diver, Submarine Enlisted Warfare (Silver Dolphins), and the SSBN Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin. He had the privilege and experience of serving the Submarine Force as an Officer and Sailor, achieving the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) rank of Commander as a Commissioned Officer and the Enlisted rank (E-8) as a Senior Chief Electronics Technician (SS/DV) in the U.S. Navy.
Estrada earned a B.S. from Excelsior College and M.A. from University of Redlands.