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Tuesday, April 23rd

Tuesday, April 23rd


April 26th, Friday, the 2nd Annual Golden OptimisTiki Luau will begin at 5:00pm at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island.  Last chance for tickets and raffle tickets.  Visit:

April 30th, Tuesday, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC.  Speaker will be Bruce Denham from San Diego Bay Adventures and the Patriot Half Marathon.

May 28th, Tuesday, Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast, 7:00 am SDYC.  Be there to support and acknowledge the great youth of the Point.


Brandi Cropper is the T-AO Program Manager at General Dynamics NASSCO.  She is responsible for program performance, identifying and managing risks, guiding technical, schedule and cost decisions to resolution and the primary interface with the T-AO Navy Customer at GD NASSCO.

Brandi Cropper, NASSCO P M for the T-AO

Brandi received a BA in Business Management from USD, where she also participated in the NROTC program.  Upon graduating, she enlisted in the US Navy for 2 years, then went to work for Northrup Grumman.   In 2015, she moved to NASSCO and got involved with the T-AO Program.  The T-AO is a Fleet Replenishment Oiler.  It is over 700 feet long and 32 feet wide.  The primary mission of the T-AO is to deliver liquid cargo to ships at sea.  It’s secondary mission is to deliver solid goods.  The service life of the T-AO is 40 years and they are being scheduled to take the place of the Navy’s current Fleet Replenishment Oilers, which have now over 30 years of service.

Pres Steve Doyle and NASSCO PM Brandi Cropper

General Dynamics NASSCO is a San Diego headquartered company, employing over 4,000 people here in town.  Their ship building and ship maintenance facilities service both the US Military and commercial ship owners.  NASSCO has ship building in San Diego, Bath Iron Works (MA) and Electric Boat (CN) and repair facilities in San Diego, Norfolk (VA), Mayport (FA), and Bremerton (WA).

The T-AO project started with a two year design process.  NASSCO has over 300 ship designers and architects here in San Diego.  The NASSCO program completes the ship design, before construction starts.  The construction schedule for the T-AO calls for 18 months in the ship yard, followed by 6 months of sea trials before delivery to the Navy.  There are six T-AO’s contracted for with NASSCO.  Two more are scheduled to be contracted by FY2020.  In total, the Navy has plans for 20 of these ships to be built.

The Point Loma Optimists want to thank Brandi Cropper for visiting with us this morning.  Based on the number of question she answered, our members thoroughly enjoyed her presentation.


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