Commander Mark M. Matthews
Director of Ocean Engineering,
Supervisor of Salvage and Diving
Commander Matthews, from Grove City, Pennsylvania, received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1992, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering.
Matthews served in the submarine service, earning his submarine warfare qualifications on the USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) and completing his naval nuclear engineer qualifications before transferring into the engineering duty community.
As an engineering duty officer, Matthews has served at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; as an Assistant Fleet Maintenance Officer and the Sixth Fleet Salvage Officer in Naples, Italy; as a project engineer in the Special Operating Forces Undersea Mobility Program Office; and as the Executive Assistant for the Program Executive Officer for Submarines. His leadership positions include Program Manager for the Submarine Rescue, Diving, and Recompression System, and Commanding Officer of the Navy Experimental Diving Unit. As the Program Manager for the submarine rescue system, he transformed an in extremis acquisition program to a model for success, securing one of five Packard award nominations from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. At the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Matthews realigned the organization to improve operating efficiency and developed an effective maintenance program to improve the reliability of unique, world-class hyperbaric test facilities.
CDR Matthews relieved as the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving in February of 2012. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of ocean engineering for the U.S. Navy, including salvage, in-water ship repair, contracting, towing, diving safety, and equipment maintenance and procurement.
Matthews is qualified as a submarine warfare officer, basic diving officer, and salvage officer. He has earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Business Administration Degree from University of Florida’s Hough School of Business.