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Posted: May 17, 2013

Maritime administrator resigning

Maritime Administrator David Matsuda announced he will resign from the Maritime Administration this month. Current Deputy Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen will become acting maritime administrator at the end of May.

"We congratulate Chip Jaenichen on his upcoming leadership role with MARAD and we're looking forward to working with him and the agency on many issues critical to the U.S. merchant marine," said American Maritime Officers National Vice President for Government Relations Mike Murphy.

Jaenichen was sworn in as deputy maritime administrator in July 2012. He was a nuclear trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and served for 30 years. His final assignment in the Navy was as deputy chief of legislative affairs for the Department of the Navy, concluding in April 2012. Jaenichen's naval career included service as commanding officer of the USS Albany, and commander of Submarine Squadron Eleven.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. His personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).