Baciocco, Albert J., Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1983-1987, 9420, Naval Research and Development (NRAD), NAVBASE Point Loma, CA
Service Years
1953 - 1987
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
San Francisco, CA
Last Address
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Date of Passing
May 22, 2015
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Naval Academy Cemetery

 Official Badges 

Allied Submarine Command

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Naval Submarine LeagueUnited States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)Navy League of the United StatesSociety of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
  1960, Naval Submarine League
  1963, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  1980, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1980, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Vice Admiral (SS) Albert Baciocco, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral Baciocco was Chairman of the Cold War Submarine Memorial Foundation,
the driving force in establishing the memorial by that name at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. 


Vice Admiral Albert Joseph Baciocco, Jr. graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953, where he received a Bachelor of Science in engineering and later completed graduate level studies in the field of nuclear engineering as part of his training in the naval nuclear propulsion program. He served as Chief of Naval Research from 1978-1981 and as the Director of Research, Development, and Acquisition from 1983-1987. Upon retirement, he established the Baciocco Group, Inc., a technical and management consulting practice and has since been engaged in a broad range of business and pro bono activities with industry, government, and academe, including memberships on the Naval Studies Board and the Army Science Board. He has also provided his time to serving on the Boards of Directors of several corporations, both public and private. He is a Trustee of the South Carolina Research Authority, and serves as a Director of the Foundation for Research Development at the Medical University of South Carolina. Vice Admiral Baciocco has been designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies by the Council of the National Academies of Sciences.

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Vice Admiral Baciocco was born in San Francisco, California, on March 4, 1931. He graduated from Lowell High School and was accepted into Stanford University prior to entering the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in June 1949. He graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, and completed graduate level studies in the field of nuclear engineering in 1958 as part of his training for the naval nuclear propulsion program.

Admiral Baciocco served initially in the heavy cruiser USS SAINT PAUL (CA-73) during the final days of the Korean War, and then in the diesel submarine USS WAHOO (SS-565) until April of 1957 when he became one of the early officer selectees for the Navy's nuclear submarine program. After completion of his nuclear training, he served in the commissioning crews of three nuclear attack submarines: USS SCORPION (SSN-589), as Main Propulsion Assistant (1959-1961); USS BARB (SSN-596), as Engineer Officer (1961-1962), then as Executive Officer (1963- 1965); and USS GATO (SSN-615), as Commanding Officer (1965-1969). Subsequent at-sea assignments, all headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, included COMMANDER SUBMARINE DIVISION FORTY-TWO (1969-1971), where he was responsible for the operational training readiness of six SSNs; COMMANDER SUBMARINE SQUADRON FOUR (1974-1976), where he was responsible for the operational and material readiness of fifteen SSNs; and COMMANDER SUBMARINE GROUP SIX (1981-1983), where, during the height of the Cold War, he was accountable for the overall readiness of a major portion of the Atlantic Fleet submarine force, including forty SSNs, 20 SSBNs, and various other submarine force commands totaling approximately 20,000 military personnel, among which numbered some forty strategic submarine crews. During this period, in 1982, he served additionally as COMMANDER NAVAL BASE CHARLESTON.

Commencing in 1971, Admiral Baciocco also served ashore in senior technical and management positions within Department of the Navy headquarters in the fields of submarine warfare, antisubmarine warfare, financial management, science and technology, and acquisition. Initially assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff within the submarine warfare directorate, he was selected as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management) and so served until 1974. In 1976, he returned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff and, upon selection to Flag rank in early 1977, became the division director responsible for all matters related to Navy attack submarines and deep submergence systems, including policy, planning, and budgeting for force structure, readiness, modernization, and the supporting infrastructure.

In 1978, the President of the United States nominated and the Senate confirmed Admiral Baciocco as Chief of Naval Research. In this position, he was the responsible official and principal interface with academe for the execution of the Navy's basic research program. He also was responsible for management oversight of the government- sponsored Independent Research & Development conducted by the defense industry. Subsequently assigned additional duty as Deputy Chief of Naval Material (Technology), he established the Office of Naval Technology and effectively became the Navy's Chief Technology Officer, directing the planning and execution of the entire technology base program for the Department of the Navy, then an $800 million annual investment in basic research and exploratory development being conducted in academe, industry and government laboratories. Admiral Baciocco served as Chief of Naval Research until June 1981.

In 1983, Admiral Baciocco was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and appointed as Director, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In this position, he was the Navy Department principal for all research and development, test and evaluation, and acquisition matters. He was responsible for a budget in excess of $10 billion, directing the process and policies that governed the Navy's science and technology programs, the Navy RDT&E infrastructure, and Navy acquisition programs during a period of intense Navy buildup. He was the principal Navy interface with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a principal advisor on issues related to technology transfer and transition, and to U. S. industrial and manufacturing preparedness as it related to national security and defense. In addition, he served as the Navy's senior military interface with NATO and other allied governments, and with the defense industry for a broad range of technology transfer initiatives and cooperative research and development programs. 

"HOLLAND CLUB MEMBER" United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI). The Admiral was sub qualified, July 1956, on board the USS Wahoo SS-565. He was listed as a member of the Holland Club (50+ years Submarine Qualified). He was killed in an automobile accident on 22 May, 2015. Admiral Baciocco is currently on Eternal Patrol. 
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Submarine Officer Badge
SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols
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Command Ashore

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Saint Paul (CA-73)Submarine School (diesel)USS Wahoo (SS-565)
Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)USS Scorpion (SSN-589)USS Barb (SSN-596)USS Gato (SSN-615)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Naval Support Activity Charleston, SCNAVBASE Point Loma, CANAVBASE Point Loma, CA
  1949-1953, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1954, 116X, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1954-1955, 117X, Submarine School (diesel)
  1955-1957, 117X, USS Wahoo (SS-565)
  1958-1958, 146X, Nuclear Power School (Staff), Bainbridge, MD, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
  1959-1961, 112X, USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
  1961-1962, 112X, USS Barb (SSN-596)
  1963-1965, 112X, USS Barb (SSN-596)
  1965-1969, 112X, USS Gato (SSN-615)
  1969-1971, 112X, Submarine Training Facility (SUBTRAFAC) Charleston
  1971-1974, 112X, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1974-1976, 112X, Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC
  1978-1981, 9420, Naval Research and Development (NRAD), NAVBASE Point Loma, CA
  1981-1983, 112X, Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC
  1983-1987, 9420, Naval Research and Development (NRAD), NAVBASE Point Loma, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
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 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy
  1957-1958, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 1980, General Photos4
  Mar 21, 2014, Interview w/ Retired VAdm. Albert J. Baciocco, by Matthew Orosz
  Jul 04, 2014, Cold War Submarine Memorial Foundation4
  May 22, 2015, BIO: VAdm. Albert J. Baciocco, Jr.1
  May 22, 2015, Died in an automobile accident.
  Jun 11, 2015, Research and Development Foundation leader remembered1
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