Who We Are

Technicians prepare to load a MK 25 Quad Pack aboard USS Shoup (DDG-86) in support of the first ESSM Block 1 firing

Technicians at Intermediate Level Maintenance Facility (ILMF) Den Helder, Netherlands stand with the first ESSM Block 1 retrofitted at the facility.

Fire Controlmen aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4) load a RIM-7 SEASPARROW Missile into the MK 132 Guided Missle Launcher

Technicians at Missile Maintenance Facility (MMF) Bedford , Canada stand with the first ESSM Block 1 retrofitted at the facility.

Fire Controlmen aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) load a RIM-162 ESSM into the MK 132 Guided Missle Launcher

The NATO SEASPARROW Project is a joint international military and industrial consortium with the distinction of being the largest and longest running cooperative smart defense initiative in NATO history. For fifty years, the NATO SEASPARROW Project has delivered on its mission to provide navies with an effective self-defense capability against some of their most serious threats. From ambitious beginnings, the NATO SEASPARROW Project has grown to meet new and evolving threats and to exemplify the concept of a smart defense initiative.

The NATO SEASPARROW Consortium will be the pre-eminent organization to support Participating Governments in maintaining and evolving their naval self-defense missile and systems capabilities.

The mission of the NATO SEASPARROW Project is to provide an optimal project management organization and a forum for International cooperation to effectively support the needs of Participating Governments and client Nations in acquiring, sustaining, and maintaining defense of their forces using SEASPARROW Missile variants, associated systems, and evolutions of the missile and system capabilities against today’s and tomorrow’s threats.


Captain Bruce G. Schuette, USN

Project Manager

Captain Schuette is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Integration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA as well as a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. Captain Schuette is certified Level III in Program Management and has completed the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Senior Acquisition Course.

Captain Panagiotis Karavas, HN

Deputy Project Manager (International)

Captain Panagiotis (Panos) Karavas graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Sciences and also holds Master of Science Degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics (with Distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey CA. Before returning to NSPO as the Deputy Project Manager (International) in 2017, Captain Karavas was previously assigned as the NATO SEASPARROW Project Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Greece as well as the National Deputy for Greece.

Mark A. Urciuolo

Deputy Project Manager (Civilian)

Mark Urciuolo is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Program Manager’s Course and is an Acquisition Corps member certified Level III in Program Management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to his selection as the Deputy Project Manager (Civilian) in 2017, Mark served at NSPO as the Director of the Acquisition and Third Party Sales Division.

Project Manager’s Message

Congratulations to the NATO SEASPARROW Project on 50 years of service to our Consortium Navies!

This year marks a tremendous milestone for the NATO SEASPARROW Project. A half century ago, a new project was created with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the NATO SEASPARROW Surface Missile System.

June 10th, 2018 marked the 50th Anniversary, as it was on this date in 1968 that the NATO SEASPARROW Project began operations. Since the start, NSPO has provided our Consortium nations with a premier ship self-defense system that continually counters the anti-ship missile threats. Because we’ve been perfecting this technology for five decades, we’ve seen the NATO SEASPARROW Consortium Products expand upon the original NATO SEASPARROW Surface Missile System with the development of ESSM and ESSM Block 2, as well as integration with the various launchers, sensors, and fire control systems used by our Consortium navies.

Our Fleet Commanders know that a warship equipped with ESSM is a ship capable of defending our sailors and keeping the ship in the fight. ESSM is a critical capability, a ship-saving capability, a LIFE-SAVING capability! It provides our fleet sailors with increased firepower and depth-of-fire, giving us an unmatched self-defense surface-to-air capability. We rightfully celebrate our past while working hard in the present to deliver the best capability in an affordable, adaptable and readily available missile. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, we must maintain our edge by continuing to provide a missile that is ready and able to defeat the threats we will face in the future. I know we are up to the challenge.

Each of you should be proud of these accomplishments. Day in and day out, the work you do has helped to keep the sailors of our nation’s navies safe. With your continued effort, NSPO will continue to strengthen the NATO SEASPARROW partnerships and provide the most effective and affordable air defense capability for the ships in our naval fleets well into the future.

Thank you for all that you have done for the NATO SEASPARROW Project.


Bruce G. Schuette, CAPT, USN