Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

March 11Luncheon Speaker Captain Chris LaPlatney Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Northwest


The March 11 Luncheon Speaker will  be Captain Chris LaPlatney, Commanding Officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest, located in Silverdale WA.  NAVFAC Northwest manages the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, environmental programs and Public Works covering six states; Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.

NAVFAC Northwest is currently supervising one of the largest construction projects  in the Navy, here at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.  The Navy is constructing a second explosives handling wharf (EHW-2) adjacent to the existing EHW in Hood Canal to support current and future Trident Fleet Ballistic Missile program requirements for eight Trident submarines that are currently homeported at NBKB. The existing EHW is not be able to meet the needs to support Trident requirements due to the physical condition of the existing structure and changing operational and weapon systems requirements.

The new wharf will cover approximately 6.3 acres of open water when completed. The wharf deck will consist of pre-cast concrete sections. The elevation of the top of the wharf deck will be 20.5 ft above Mean Lower Low Water. The Navy will permanently install up to 1,250 steel piles that range in size from 24 inches to 48 inches in diameter. The estimated cost of this new project is $715 Million Dollars and will take approximately 4 years to complete.

Captain LaPlatney received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and was commissioned in March 1988. Following Commissioning he entered Naval Nuclear Propulsion training  and served on the commissioning crew of the USS West Virginia. Captain LaPlatney was selected into the Civil Engineer Corps in January 1994. He deployed as a Seabee to Guam and Souda Bay Crete.  Following his Seabee tour, Captain LaPlatney attended graduate school at the University of Illinois where he received his MS in Civil Engineering.

In August 2006 he took command of Officer in Charge of Construction Katrina in Gulfport, MS. He remained in Gulfport following his OICC assignment and began a tour as Executive Officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center in September 2009. He assumed his current position as Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Northwest in June 2012.

Captain LaPlatneys’ personal awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a Submarine Warfare Officer, a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.

Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the Bangor Conference Center Trident Ball Room