Ric Rushton, CAPT, USN, ret. Surface Line Officer with 28 Years of service in the US Navy. Extensive shipboard assignments in Engineering, Operations, and Combat Systems in a variety of ship classes. Commanding Officer in two Guided Missile Cruisers to include evaluating Commanding Officer for the Navy’s SMART SHIP that established integrated ship and propulsion control automation for Fleet modernization. Graduate of Senior Officer Material Readiness Course and Watch Officer and Command Ship Handling Courses.