Captain Lockett graduated
from Rice University in 1961 and joined the Navy as an Officer Candidate Seaman
Apprentice in June 1961. In 1962 he reported to USS Lofberg (DD-759), undergoing
overhaul at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California. He
served in all five sections of the ship’s Operations Division and completed
two deployments to WestPac. In 1965 he was ordered to the Naval Postgraduate School
in Monterey, California, where he earned a M.S. in Operations Research. In 1967
he began a doctoral program in Mathematical Statistics at Stanford University and
was awarded a Ph.D. in 1972.
joined USS Reeves (DLG-24) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as Operations Officer in
1971. Reeves conducted two deployments, including September 1971 and September
1973 when the ship operated in the Gulf of Tonkin in several air defense
positions. From October 1973 to March 1976, Captain Lockett served as a Program
and Operations Analyst at the Center for Naval Analysis in Arlington, Virginia.
From July 1976 to September 1978 he served as Executive Officer in USS Gridley
(CG-21), homeported in San Diego, California. Gridley was fortunate to make ten
port calls during WestPac deployment. Captain Lockett’s next assignment was
in OSD (PA&E) in Washington DC, as the Mobility Forces Program Analyst.
After attending the
Senior Officer Ship Materiel Readiness Course in 1980, Captain Lockett assumed
command of the USS Berkeley (DDG-15) in San Diego, California, in January 1981.
The ship’s WestPac deployment included operations with the Navy of Thailand, a
visit to Australia, and a rescue of Vietnamese boat people at sea. Berkeley
received an extended overhaul at Long Beach, California upon return from WestPac.
After a Post-Command
Course at the Naval War College and several positions in the Office of the CNO,
Captain Lockett assumed command of USS Sterett (CG-31) in Subic Bay,
Philippines, in1985. Sterett served as flaghip for CTF70 and in several
contingency operations, including an unscheduled 83-day deployment. Sterett also
performed as “Tattletale” to Soviet carrier Minsk and observed Soviet missile
final assignment was as Deputy Director of the Research Programs of the Office
Naval Research in Arlington, Virginia. After retirement from Active Duty in
1990, he joined the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia,
serving as a Defense Analyst in the Operational Evaluation Division. Since 2009
he has served on the Institute’s Adjunct Staff. Captain Lockett passed away on
24 February 2018.