Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Opens Newport News, Va. Office —R. Delia Rocca Named

James J. Convy, executive vice president-Operations of Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the nation's leading independent naval architectural firms, has announced the opening of the Newport News Division, 6060 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Va. The Newport News Division will be staffed with experienced ship designers in hull, machinery, electrical, electronics and weapons fields. This division will provide detail design services, amplifying the capabilities of Gibbs & Cox's other divisions located in New York, N.Y., and Crystal City, Va.

Ralph Delia Rocca has been appointed division head of the newly formed division. Mr. Delia Rocca has been with Gibbs & Cox for more than 30 years, during which time he has served the company in various capacities. From 1971 through 1977, as assistant division head-Hull Division, he was intimately involved in the design of the successful FFG7-Class Program and the Lead Ship USS Oliver Hazard Perry.

During 1977, Gibbs & Cox, Inc. was awarded a contract to assist BAZAN, Spain, in the development of a Spanish carrier, and he was appointed senior project manager for the program.

Mr. Delia Rocca is a graduate of Polytechnic Institute of Brook Brooklyn, N.Y., having earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering. He is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Society of Plastic Engineers, and has published numerous papers on reinforced plastics.

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