Captain Emily Tharp assumed the duties as the Coast Guard Yard Industrial Manager in July 2022. As Yard IM, Captain Tharp is responsible for overseeing operations for the Coast Guard’s sole shipyard and largest industrial facility within the Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to this assignment, Captain Tharp completed graduate studies at The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. with a focus on the maritime industry. Previously, CAPT Tharp fulfilled the duties as the Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Project Resident Office in Panama City, FL. She facilitated stand up and growth of the unit charged with the technical, engineering, quality assurance, and production oversight for OPC hulls 1 through 3 at the shipbuilder’s facility.
Captain Tharp served as Chief of the Requirements and Future Ship Concepts Branch at the Coast Guard’s Ship Design & Systems Engineering Division where she initiated requirements, studies and design concepts in support of the Polar Security Cutter Acquisition Program and the Waterway Commerce Cutter Acquisition Program.
Previous tours of duty include Program Depot Maintenance Branch Chief for the Surfaces Forces Logistics Center Icebreaker, Buoy and Construction Tender Product Line, leading a geographically dispersed workforce in support to 86 cutter and 29 barge assets from Maine to Guam. Captain Tharp served at Marine Safety Office New Orleans as a marine investigator and inspector. She spent her final year as a Sector Duty Officer during the standup of the Sector New Orleans Command Center and during Hurricane Katrina response.
Captain Tharp’s sea duty assignments include Engineer Officer aboard USCGC THETIS and Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC POLAR STAR.
Captain Tharp, originally from Ohio, is a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. She also holds Masters of Science degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Captain Tharp’s professional recognition includes the American Society of Naval Engineers Perry Award for outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard Naval Engineering program. Her military decorations include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational distinguishing device and one Coast Guard Achievement Medal.