On Thursday, October 11, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited the California Maritime Academy campus. During his visit, Secretary LaHood officially commissioned Cal Maritime's newly-appointed president Thomas Cropper as a Rear Admiral in the United States Maritime Service. While on campus LaHood also addressed the cadets and toured the Training Ship Golden Bear. Highlights during the ship tour included a demonstration of the ship's ballast water treatment testing facility and a visit to the onboard navigation lab.
Secretary LaHood was joined by Maritime Administrator David Matsuda, who provided remarks during the commissioning ceremony of President Cropper and accompanied Secretary LaHood during the campus and ship visit.
Click here to view photos from Secretary LaHood's visit and the commissioning of President Thomas Cropper.