Rear Admiral Sullivan is a native of Chatham, N.J. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.
Following graduation, Rear Adm. Sullivan served aboard USS Detector (MSO 429) from 1974 to 1977, where he earned his Surface Warfare Qualification.
Rear Adm. Sullivan then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he graduated in 1980 with dual degrees of Master of Science (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) and Ocean Engineer. While at MIT, he transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer Community.
Rear Adm. Sullivan's Engineering Duty Officer tours prior to command include Ship Superintendent, Docking Officer, Assistant Repair Officer and Assistant Design Superintendent at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he completed his Engineering Duty Officer qualification; Deputy Ship Design Manager for the Seawolf class submarine at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), where he completed his submarine qualification program; Associate Professor of Naval Architecture at MIT; Ohio (SSBN 726) Class Project Officer and Los Angeles (SSN 688) Class Project Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, Conn.; Team Leader for Cost, Producibility, and Cost and Operational Effectiveness Assessment (COEA) studies for the New Attack Submarine at NAVSEA; and the Director for Submarine Programs on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition).
Rear Adm. Sullivan served as Program Manager for the Seawolf Class Submarine Program (PMS 350) 1995 to 1998. During his tenure, the Seawolf design was completed, and the lead ship of the class was completed, tested at sea, and delivered to the Navy.
In September 1998, Rear Adm. Sullivan relieved as Program Manager for the Virginia Class Submarine Program (PMS 450). During his tour the contract for the Virginia Class Submarine Program was signed, construction was initiated on the first four submarines, and most of the Virginia design was completed. In September 2001 he reported to his current assignment as Deputy Commander for Ship Design Integration and Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command. Rear Adm. Sullivan's awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Updated: 25 November 2002