• Founded in July 2010
  • Government Prime Contractor, Seaport-e
  • Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Cleared Facility
  • 30 Employees
  • Leaders in American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Two Office Locations
  • HQ in Manassas, VA
  • Atlantic, VA

Hepburn and Sons LLC serves as the trusted advisors to the American maritime industry. Our passion is for naval engineering. Our President/CEO, a retired Navy Captain, Rick Hepburn is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in several states. He served as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, Maine and as the Chief Naval Architect for combatant ships (NAVSEA 05D), and a recognized expert on dry dock construction and operations, and ship repairs. After retirement from the Navy and serving in various defense industry executive positions, Rick and his family decided to start Hepburn and Sons LLC to continue fueling Rick’s passion for serving the United States Navy engineering community. The Hepburn family founded the firm in Manassas Virginia in 2010. The original family crest, with direct ties to medieval Scotland, was adopted as the company logo. The family motto is Keep Trust. The firm was founded on this Biblical principle.

Company Overview

We are a company built upon trust.

We honor handshakes as rigorously as contracts. We keep trust at the forefront of every decision we make and customer we serve! We believe there is no greater principle in business than that of building a solid foundation of trust. We hold one another to the highest levels of integrity and ethics. We cherish every opportunity given to us by our clients. We consistently deliver excellence and more value than expected while also displaying the courage to honestly tell it the way it is. We always seek a long-term relationship with every client and vendor.

Our firm has many veterans and former DoD civilian employees who bring experience in ship construction, repairs, design, integration, engineering, research and development.

Our technical expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, nuclear, systems, information technology and cybersecurity, missile defense, material science, naval architecture, and naval engineering. Our strengths include program management, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), warfare and combat systems, to customers including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Electric Ships Program Office (PMS 320), and Fortune 500 firms with technical analysis, quality, life cycle cost estimating, proposal preparation, business development, marketing, and capture management.

LT Rick Hepburn, Ship Superintendent and Production Engineer, drydocking the USS Missouri at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.