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Willard Marine, Inc. Announces New East Coast Dir. of Operations

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ANAHEIM, California (August 5, 2013) – Willard Marine, Inc. announced Monday that David “Smokey” Glover will join their east coast Virginia Beach facility as Director of Operations. Glover’s lifelong career in the maritime industry dates back to 1974 when he completed a four-year apprenticeship as Marine Machinist for Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He went on to work as both a Shipbuilder and Operational Manager with SUPSHIP Portsmouth and Bluewater Yacht Sales before dedicating 13 years to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Combatant Craft Division (NSWC CCD) as a Mechanical Engineer Technician. While at the NSWC CCD, Glover worked directly with many members of Willard Marine, personally overseeing development and implementation of mechanical modifications, upgrades, and alterations on US Navy Small Crafts. Glover’s expertise ranges from conceiving and prototyping new designs and arrangements of craft components and configurations to providing Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) service to contractors performing repair or modifications to US Navy Craft.

“Smokey is a wonderful person and a terrific addition to our company,” Ulrich Gottschling, President of Willard Marine stated. “His long career working with, and alongside, Naval boats made him an obvious fit for Willard. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Willard Marine, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing boats since 1957, delivering over 1,000 aluminum and composite RIBs to different armed forces throughout the world.For more information on Willard Marine, visit

Annie Summers, Marketing Director


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