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Director, Marine Programs & Commanding Officer, Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR

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Captain Harry Bolton

Captain Harry Bolton is an Unlimited Master Mariner, with over 42 years of maritime experience.  Thirty-one years in command, maintaining a solid record of success in providing endless technical, operational, and logistic support in every corner of the world.  He is a First Class Pilot, served as an expert witness, and has consulted for several Maritime companies, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Navy on many issues including military exercises and new equipment design and implementation.  He designed the English speaking curriculum at the Maritime Academy of Asia and Pacific located in the Philippines.  Was a consultant for the MV COSCO BUSAN allusion, salvage, oil spill mitigation and insurance claims, and many litigation cases as an expert witness.  He has spent a lifetime demonstrating the essence of command, leadership, team building and innovative solutions, receiving many awards for his achievements.

Awards include two Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medals, US Navy Meritorious Civil Service Award, FEMA Outstanding Public Service Award, Institute Of Merchant Shipping Ship Safety Award, Guam Governors Meritorious Service Award, and General Dynamics Outstanding Employee Award.  His professional affiliations include the Council of American Master Mariners, The Nautical Institute and The Boston Marine Society. He is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy.

On May 1, 2008, Captain Bolton accepted the position of Commanding Officer of the Training Ship Golden Bear, Director of Marine Programs at California State University Maritime Academy. Prior to joining CMA, he spent 30 years at American Maritime Officers; 20 of those years with General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine, sailing as Master of the MV 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez, which is one of the original Maritime Preposition Ships home ported in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.  His duties included supporting the U.S. Military during numerous exercises, humanitarian assistance, the Persian Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom.


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