Austin, Robert, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1972, USS Finback (SSN-670)
Service Years
1958 - 1989
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Cleveland, OH
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Date of Passing
Nov 04, 2013
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Austin, Robert C.
Rear Admiral Robert C. Austin was born on September 5, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio.
After graduation from Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He obtained a competitive fleet appointment to the Naval Academy and was commissioned in June, 1954.

After attending U.S. Submarine School, he was assigned to the USS Thornback. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School and earned a Master's of Science Degree in Physics in 1963. He attended Nuclear Power Training School and served on the USS Thornback, USS Grampus, USS Triton, and the USS John Adams. He then was Commanding Officer of the USS Finback from 1968 thru 1972.

After command, he was the Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor for the Commander US Atlantic Fleet.

Rear Admiral Austin then commanded Submarine Development Squadron Twelve and the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT from 1974 to 1978.

He returned to serve as Chief Of Staff Submarine Atlantic Fleet where he was selected for Flag Rank in January, 1980. Rear Admiral Austin was assigned as Deputy Commissioner, US Component of the US USSR Standing Consultative Commission and as Director for International Negotiations on the Plans and Policy Directorate.

Rear Admiral Austin served as the Chief of Naval Technical Training, followed by his return to Naval Postgraduate School where he served as Superintendent until he completed active duty in 1989.

Bob was honored to serve his Country and truly relished his military career where he was awarded many Decorations and Medals. Bob married Joyce Ann Bisese, his wife of 49 years, on April 22, 1959. Joyce predeceased him in 2006.

He is survived by his children, Susan Austin of Shelton, CT, James and Tamara Austin of Ledyard, CT, Robert and Jean Austin of Yorktown, VA and Cecelia and Jamal Noorzoy of Pebble Beach, CA.

They lived at the various duty stations, shared a dedication to the submarine community and lived a wonderful life. Bob was adored by his four children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staffs at Atria, Careco, and Hospice.

Calling hours will be held at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St. on Thursday, November 7th, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm; followed by a prayer service and a reception at a location to be determined.
Please visit for directions, sign the guest book or share a memory.

Published in Connecticut Post on Nov. 6, 2013
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USS Finback (SSN-670)
  1968-1972, USS Finback (SSN-670)
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