Last month, the Navy held a ceremony to recognize some of its best and brightest acquisition leaders. One of the winners was the Navy team in charge of managing the fleet’s acquisition program for the DDG-51 line of destroyers.
Capt. Mark Vandroff is the program manager for the DDG-51 program, a class that’s been serving in the Navy fleet since the early 1990s. But the Navy’s still building them at two separate shipyards — one of the reasons the program was able to win the Navy award for competition.