The Klaxon Online

Spring 2011

The Director


Robert W. Sawyer
Officer in Charge

Meet the new Museum Director/Officer in Charge of Historic Ship Nautilus. At a Change of Charge ceremony held at the museum on Tuesday April 5,2011, LCDR Robert Sawyer relieved CDR Greg Caskey as Museum Director and Officer in Charge Nautilus. We welcome and look forward to working with LCDR Sawyer. We wish CDR Caskey all the best in his new assignment at Submarine Development Squadron Twelve.

Lieutenant Commander Robert Sawyer, a native of Pelham,Alabama, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed training at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston,South Carolina and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina.

After completing the Submarine Officer Basic Course, LCDR Sawyer reported in February 2001 to USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731 GOLD) in Bangor,Washington. While assigned to ALABAMA,he served as the Reactor Control Assistant,Damage Control Assistant,Quality Assurance Officer,and Assistant Engineer, completing five strategic deterrent patrols. In February 2004, he reported to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston,South Carolina,where he served as an instructor and division director for in the officer training department.

After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, LCDR Sawyer reported in October 2006 to USS Annapolis (SSN 760) in Groton,Connecticut. He served as the Engineer Officer, completing one deployment to West Africa and the Mediterranean and later under-ice exercises. In May 2009,he was assigned to Commander Submarine Development Squadron Twelve,Tactical Analysis Group, in Groton,where he worked as the Torpedo and Torpedo Defense Action Officer until February 2011. LCDR Sawyer relieved as Officer in Charge of the Historic Ship Nautilus in April 2011.

LCDR Sawyer's decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards),Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal,and numerous unit awards.

He is married to the former Anna Broman of Tullinge,Sweden. They reside in North Stonington,Connecticut, with their son Alex, and their daughters Vicki and Amanda.