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Captain S. Robert Roth
United States Navy
Commanding Officer, USS Cleveland (LPD 7)

Captain S. Robert Roth was born in Summit, N.J. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1982. He earned a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1999.

He earned his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, in 1986. After earning his wings, he served as a flight instructor with VT-25 for two years in Beeville, Texas. He completed his FA-18 Hornet initial training at VMFAT-101, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, Calif.

His first sea duty was with the “Privateers” of VFA-132 as the Aircraft Division Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. In 1992, he joined the “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 and served as the NATOPS Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and air wing-qualified Landing Signals Officer. CAPT Roth completed deployments on USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and participated in Operations PROVIDE COMFORT and DENY FLIGHT. From 1994-1997, Capt. Roth attended U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served in a follow on assignment as an Ordnance Test Pilot at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.

In 1997, Capt. Roth transferred to the “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 where he performed department head duties in administration, maintenance, and operations while deployed aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). CAPT Roth then attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he received his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with highest distinction.

CAPT Roth was assigned to Commander Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, as a flag aide from 1999 to 2000. He then joined the VFA-34 “Blue Blasters” in 2001 and served as executive officer and commanding officer. The squadron deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

After attending the Joint Forces Staff College, CAPT Roth joined U.S. Joint Forces Command and served as an observer trainer, participating in several combatant command exercises and headquarters assistance visits including Multi-National Force Iraq, Baghdad and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti. He completed nuclear propulsion training in December 2007 and reported to USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) where he served as Executive Officer from March 2008 to April 2010. In July 2010, he assumed command of USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7).

CAPT Roth has flown more than 3,500 flight hours and has logged more than 800 carrier landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Strike Flight Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and several Unit and Campaign Awards.