Terry Lewchanin


I was born in Oswego and raised in Fulton, NY. I graduated from G.Ray Bodley High School with a NYS regents diploma 36 of 360. I participated in football, wrestling and lacrosse.


Enlisted November 1987 in the U.S. Navy. Achieved the title and rank of (E-6) Hull Technician First Class Petty Officer, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.

My main qualification was 4956 Nuclear Components Welder.

Other Qualifications Included: Fire Marshal ( highest level of enlisted fire fighting position) Radiation Control, Hazardous Waste and Material Controller. Expert Pistol and Expert Rifle Qualification (.45 caliber,.223, and 12 gage.).

Attended Boot Camp in the Great Lakes November 1987 to January 1988.

Graduated Boot Camp and Entered "A" School(NAVDAMCONTRACEN) Naval Damage Control Training Center in Philadelphia,PA. February 1988 to April 1988.

Graduated 2 of 36 and flew to San Diego, CA. to attend  "C" school USN Nuclear Power Plant Component training school April 1988 to December 1988. Graduated 2 of 3 of a class starting with 30. Flew back to the east coast and assigned to the (NSSF)Naval Submarine Support Facility, in Groton Connecticut, to work on Fast Attack Submarines December 1988 to June 1991. 

Assigned to the CGN40  (Cruiser Guided Missile Nuclear Powered)  USS Mississippi. Placed in charge the Repair Division work shop (12 personnel) and later overseen all of the ships divisions of Damage Control Petty Officers and maintenance .June 1991 to September 1995.

Transferred to shore duty (NPTU) Naval Propulsion Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY. Managed the Nuclear Weld Shop (16 personnel) September 1995 to January 1998.

Started working for USGS, Lake Ontario Biological Station as contract MMR May 1999. Full time appointment to the same position in 2002. 2004 received 100 Registered Gross Ton Master license. December 2011 officially took over as Captain of the R/V Kaho.