Seafarers: Rob Hughes

Posted: February 7, 2013 - 7:03pm | Y-12 Report | Volume 9, Issue 2 | 2013

Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, uncle and father, serving 26 years in “the family business,” the U.S. Navy. His grandfather built submarines in Portsmouth, N.H.; his uncle retired as a submarine sailor; and his father, also a career sub sailor, made the first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth in 1960.

Hughes was stationed on six submarines during his Navy career. His jobs ranged from nuclear weapons courier to missile technician and finally Chief of the Boat. “For long underway periods, life is very routine, and then it's broken up by excitement and challenge. The demands of work and the responsibility make you grow up fast,” said Hughes.

Upon retirement from the Navy in 1995, Hughes' strict training and vast experience in implementing disciplined operations made him a natural fit for Y‑12's work. Now, as a plant shift superintendent, he's still applying lessons learned in the family business.