BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The current director of the USS KIDD is stepping down and passing her leadership role on to a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran.

According to a Tuesday, October 25 news release from the USS KIDD Veterans Museum, Executive Director Rosehn Gipe is passing the baton to Parks Stephenson.

Stephenson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with qualifications in submarines, aviation as well as amphibious operations and went on to become an aerospace engineer for Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics for almost 30 years.

His passion for deep-ocean exploration led him to a brief yet significant stint in Hollywood, where he served as James Cameron’s technical advisor during the filming of Titanic.

Stephenson also assisted in the discovery of a Japanese submarine that changed the history of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and partnered with world-record diver Victor Vescovo to find the world’s deepest shipwrecks, USS Johnston and USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Philippine Sea. 

His interest in leading the Baton Rouge-based ship stems from his love for deep-ocean exploration.

The USS KIDD welcomes the experience Stephenson brings to his new role as Executive Director.

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