Cal Maritime mourns the loss of Bradley A. Foster, a member  of the Class of 2015, who died earlier this week in a naval helicopter accident off the coast of San Diego, along with four other officers. He was 29 years old.

“Brad Foster represents the very best of Cal Maritime,” said President Tom Cropper, “both during time his time at our academy and later in his service to the nation. Enthusiastic, optimistic, and mature beyond his years, Brad took the road less traveled. I, like so many others in the Cal Maritime family, am heartbroken. We send our condolences, love, and support to his wife Beth and daughter Audrey and all of his family. Though too short, we celebrate his well lived life and hold his memory dear.” 

Lt. Foster was a pilot and one of crew members aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter conducting routine flight operations from USS Abraham Lincoln when it crashed into the sea approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4:30 p.m. (PST), Aug. 31. The U.S. Navy released the names of all those aboard earlier today. 

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.