Congressional Record Tribute to Bill Timme (31st Co.)



                          HON. JAMES P. MORAN

                              of Virginia

                    in the House of Representatives

                      Wednesday, November 15, 2006

  Mr. MORAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Rear Admiral

William G. Timme on the occasion of his retirement from the United

States Navy on November 30, 2006, a service he entered as a Midshipman

at the Naval Academy in 1974.

  Over the past four years, Admiral Timme has performed superbly as the

Naval Sea Systems Command’s Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare. His

energy, drive, leadership, keen understanding of national goals,

objectives, and priorities, and ability to develop innovative

approaches has left an exceptionally positive impact across the

Undersea Warfare enterprise.

  Admiral Timme’s personal efforts have successfully steered the

Undersea Warfare directorate through trying workforce downsizing

initiatives, delivered significant cost savings, and improved submarine

maintenance planning. Most importantly, he directly supported key Team

Submarine strategic goals in maximizing operational days for submarines

and deep submergence vehicles, improvement of modernization fits,

optimization of submarine fleet engagements, and preparation of

personnel to meet future technical and management challenges.

  Admiral Timme has worked closely with senior shipyard personnel to

develop process changes that have resulted in reduced costs and

increased efficiency at our nation’s public and private shipyards.

These include major initiatives in coordinating work across the Naval

Shipyards and strengthening vital areas such as the innovative One

Shipyard concept.

  After the USS San Francisco grounding incident in January 2005,

Admiral Timme developed the repair and transit procedures that directly

help save this high value, and operationally critical platform for the

Navy. Additionally, in his role as submarine safety certifying

official, he has presided over the certification process for sea trials

and unrestricted operations of over 47 submarines and manned


  The son of a career military officer, Admiral Timme attended Rutgers

University for 1 year prior to entering the Naval Academy in 1974,

graduating with distinction in 1978 with a degree in mechanical

engineering. Following commissioning and completion of nuclear power

school and basic submarine training, Admiral Timme reported to USS

Archerfish. He served as Reactor Controls Assistant and Weapons

Officer, completing three deployments. In March 1983, Admiral Timme was

assigned to the Personnel Exchange Program with the Royal Navy in the

United Kingdom. He served on the staff of Flag Officer Submarines at

the Commander-in-Chief Fleet Headquarters in Northwood, England.

Admiral Timme completed Submarine Officers Advanced Course in October

1985, earning the L. Y. Spear Award as class honorman. He then reported

as new construction Engineer Officer on the PCU Tennessee, where the

ship earned the Navy Unit Commendation during the shipyard construction


  Later, Admiral Timme served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in

Washington, D.C., as the submarine department head detailer. During

this tour he earned a masters degree in Engineering Management from The

Catholic University. He relieved as Executive Officer of USS Chicago in

April 1991, earning the Battle Efficiency “E” award. Subsequently, he


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as Flag Secretary and Senior Aide to Commander Submarine Force, U.S.

Pacific Fleet.

  In March 1995, Admiral Timme relieved as Commanding Officer, USS

Helena and conducted two western Pacific deployments, which included

numerous exercises and operations, including supporting the USS

Constellation Battle Group. Subsequently, USS Helena conducted an

interfleet transfer and began a Depot Modernization Period at

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In May 1998, he reported to the New Attack

Submarine Program as the Warfare Requirements and Fleet Liaison

Officer. In June 2000, Admiral Timme relieved as the Program Manager

for Undersea Weapons, responsible for all of the Navy’s torpedo


  Admiral Timme’s awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious

Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and

several unit and service awards.

  The Department of the Navy, the Congress, and the American people

have been well served by this dedicated naval officer. Admiral Timme’s

professionalism, superior technical and managerial expertise and

determination to support the Fleet are unrivaled. He has been

instrumental in ensuring that the U.S. submarine force is, and will

remain, the world’s most preeminent in the 21st century. He leaves an

enduring legacy.

  Mr. Speaker, I am honored to rise today to express appreciation to

Admiral Timme for his outstanding service to the nation. I also want to

recognize and thank his wife Suzette and his daughters Savannah and

Morgan for their loyalty and support. No one in our armed serves can do

their job without the love and understanding of their loved ones. They

have shared equally in all of Admiral Timme’s success. On behalf of the

citizens of Virginia’s 8th district, I would like to thank Admiral

Timme for his steadfast service to his country over his illustrious 28-

year career and wish him and his family fair winds and following seas

in his retirement.