Changing Places


Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Peter Diakun, vice president and chief technology officer of its Newport News shipbuilding division, was appointed vice president of energy programs.

Diakun, a 26-year veteran of the shipyard, will assume responsibility for energy programs while maintaining certain aspects of his current position. In addition to leading NNS's Department of Energy programs, he will continue to oversee Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center operations, including operational concepts and modeling and simulation work.

In this new role, Diakun also will become general manager of Newport News Nuclear Inc., as well as president of Newport News Industrial Corp. and Newport News Energy, all Huntington Ingalls Industries subsidiaries.

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Marine Equipment and Supply Company, a Thorofare, N.J.-based parts and accessories distributor, announced the addition of Eric Hummel to its outside sales team.

Hummel comes to MESCO with extensive distributor sales experience and will be responsible for select accounts in the Chesapeake Bay region.


Service to Send $1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute funds to states to bolster conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

Quick Hits: March 1, 2021

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard adds SF Marina floating dock array.

Patrick Supports Care Camps

The outdoors camps for children with cancer receive a first-time gift and marketing support from Patrick Industries.

Brunswick Creates Autonomy Position

The company promoted Jason Arbuckle to marine autonomy technology lead, with a focus on incorporating autonomous and driver-assist features into its product line.


Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.