Director, Government Operated Ships

Mr. John R. Taylor
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Director, Government Operations NFAF and Service Support Ships

Mr. John R. “Jack” Taylor is responsible for equipping and maintaining all government-owned, government-operated naval fleet auxiliary force and service support ships of MSC’s global fleet. He assumed this position in January 2012.

A native of Hough's Neck, Mass., Taylor graduated with a BS in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1980. Acquiring a U.S. Coast Guard license as third assistant engineer steam and diesel, any horsepower, Taylor worked aboard various U.S. flagged commercial steam and diesel ships.

In 1981, he joined the engineering architectural company Stone and Webster Engineering where he worked on new construction nuclear and fossil power generation projects. Entering federal government service in 1985, Taylor worked at MSC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters as a mechanical engineer responsible for the design, development, and implementation of MSC's shipboard automated maintenance management system. Promoted to supervisory mechanical engineer in 1987, he became branch head for the shipboard systems division responsible for the management and implementation of condition monitoring/maintenance management systems for MSC's civil service crewed ships.

In 1991, he returned to the private sector and served as maintenance supervisor for Boston Edison. Returning to MSC in 1998, Taylor was Project Officer/Director, Special Mission Ships Support Office where he supervised special mission ships in the daily execution of ship management, repair and contract administration. In 2006, Taylor was promoted to the position of Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command. MSFSC was responsible for crewing, training, equipping, and maintaining MSC GOGO ships worldwide. Serving as MSFSC’s director (acting) from October 2006 to October 2007, Taylor was selected to permanently fill the position which promoted him into the ranks of the senior executive service.

In 2011, Taylor received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.