David W (Dave) Titley, FAMS, PhD, RADM (ret)

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David W Titley
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Dave Titley, an active Fellow of the AMS, is Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy. A native of Schenectady, New York, Rear Admiral Titley was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Commisioning program in 1980. While aboard USS Farragut from 1980-1983, Dr. Titley served as navigator, qualified as a surface warfare officer, and transferred to the Oceanography Community the following year. Subsequent sea duty included tours as oceanographer aboard USS Belleau Wood, 1985-1987; USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in 1990; Carrier Group 6, 1993-1995; and U.S. 7th Fleet, 1998-2000. RADM Titley has completed seven deployments to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific theaters. His Belleau Wood deployment included winter-time amphibious operations north of the Aleution Islands. Dr. Titley has commanded the Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center in Monterey, California, and was the first commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command. He served his initial flag tour as commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Previous shore tours include assignments at the Regional Oceanography Centers at Pearl Harbor and Guam, the Naval Oceanographic Office, on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Office of Mine and Undersea Warfare, as the executive assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) and as chief of staff, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. RADM Titley also served on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, as Special Assistant to the Chairman (Admiral (ret.) James Watkins) for Physical Oceanography and as senior military assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In May 2009 Dr. Titley assumed duties as the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. He has a BS degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, an MS degree in meteorology and physical oceanography, and a PhD degree in meteorology, both from the Naval Postgraduate School. His dissertation concentrated on better understanding tropical cyclone intensification. In 2003-2004, RADM Titley attended the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology Seminar XXI on Foreign Politics, International Relations, and National Interest.

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