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Captain Christopher A. Nash

CAPT Nash graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. In his first tour on USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736) GOLD he completed five strategic deterrent patrols, and a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. CAPT Nash graduated from Naval Postgraduate School in June 2001 with a MS in Mechanical Engineering.
As Navigation / Operations Officer of USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765) from 2001-2004, he completed Mediterranean and Arabian Sea deployments and launched TLAM strikes in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He reported to the Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare Directorate (N97) in July 2004 as the UUV and TLAM Requirements Officer. Following his tour in N97, he attended the Air Command and Staff College, where he earned a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science.
While Executive Officer of USS KEY WEST (SSN 722), the ship earned the Arleigh Burke Trophy for the most improved unit in the Pacific Fleet and two Submarine Squadron Three Battle Efficiency awards. He reported to the Joint Staff (J-8) in April 2009 where he managed Navy ship, submarine, and unmanned program acquisition requirements.
As Commanding Officer of USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) GOLD, his crew earned the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Trophy for the most improved unit in the Atlantic Fleet and the Submarine Squadron Twenty Battle Efficiency award for 2013. Following command of USS WYOMING, he served as the Submarine Group Ten Deputy Chief of Staff and the Submarine Squadron Sixteen Deputy Commodore.
As Commanding Officer of USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728) BLUE, the ship earned the Submarine Squadron Sixteen Battle Efficiency award for 2016, From January to December 2017, CAPT Nash served as Assistant Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget (FMB).
CAPT Nash Commanded SUBMARINE SQUADRON SIXTEEN from January 2018 – June 2019. Under his leadership, USS RHODE ISLAND and USS FLORIDA returned to operations after multi-year refueling overhauls, USS GEORGIA and USS FLORIDA conducted extended forward deployments, and CSS-16 was recognized as the #1 People-Centered Squadron in the Submarine Force. Most recently, he served as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CAPT Nash is married to the former Evangeline Sfondouris of Annapolis, Maryland and has three children. His personal decorations include the Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (one star), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two stars), and various service and unit awards.

Last Updated: 11 March 2024

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