USS Harry S Truman

Commanding Officer

  CAPT S. Robert Roth


Captain S. Robert Roth was raised in Mendham, N.J.  He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned through the Aviation Officers Candidate School. He earned a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1999.

Captain Roth was designated a Naval Aviator in 1987 at NAS Chase Field and subsequently served as a flight instructor with VT-25 for two years in Beeville, Texas. He completed his initial FA-18 Hornet training at VMFAT-101, MCAS, El Toro, Calif.

Captain Roth’s first sea duty assignment was with the “Privateers” of VFA-132 where he deployed on USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT.  He then joined the “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 embarked on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and participated in Operation DENY FLIGHT.   His Department Head tour was with the “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 where he deployed onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

Ashore Captain Roth served as an Instructor Pilot and Landing Signals Officer in VFA-106, NAS Cecil Field, Florida.  He subsequently attended U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served as an Ordnance Test Pilot at NAS Patuxent River. Captain 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.  He  served as Flag Aide to the Commander, Naval Air Forces, US Atlantic Fleet from 1999-2000.

Captain Roth served as Executive officer and Commanding officer of the VFA-34 “Blue Blasters” and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

Captain Roth then joined U.S. Joint Forces Command and served as an Observer Trainer supporting multiple combatant command exercises and headquarters assistance visits including Multi-National Force, Iraq and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti. After completing nuclear propulsion training, Captain Roth served as the commissioning Executive Officer of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).  He served as Commanding Officer of USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) in San Diego, CA and deployed in support of PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2010, a humanitarian assistance mission to south pacific island nations.

In August 2012, he assumed command of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in Norfolk, VA.

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



  Executive Officer     

XO - CAPT Clark 

 CAPT Max Clark

Captain Max Clark was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a B.S. in Physics.  He holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  He entered flight training in Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1994.

Upon completion of initial training in the SH-60F and HH-60H helicopters, Captain Clark was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) based in Jacksonville, FL.  He completed deployments on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) supporting Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

For his initial shore tour, Captain Clark reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD where he served as Operational Test Director and qualified in the SH-60B and MH-60S aircraft.

Captain Clark then reported to the staff of Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare and Combat Search and Rescue Officer and deployed on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Captain Clark’s department head tour was with HS-8 in San Diego, CA where he served as Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.  He completed two deployments on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) supporting operations in the western Pacific Ocean and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2008, Captain Clark reported to the Dragonslayers of HS-11 in Jacksonville, FL as the Executive Officer and assumed Command of the squadron from December 2009 to April 2011.  He deployed on USS ENTERPRISE supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and anti-piracy operations.

Ashore, Captain Clark served on the staff of U.S. Joint Forces Command and worked as a Washington, DC and Congressional Liaison Officer.  He also completed a tour at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as the Helicopter Commander Detailer and Deputy Director for Aviation Officer Distribution.

After selection to the aviation nuclear pipeline and completion of nuclear power training, Captain Clark reported as Executive Officer of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in April 2014.  During his aviation career, he has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours.



 Command Master Chief


CMDCM Raymond Kemp, Sr.


Command Master Chief Raymond D. Kemp entered the U. S. Navy in June 1986 as a Data Processing Technician; completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Center San Diego, California and Class-A School at Service School Center San Diego.

Sea duty assignments include: USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) in Philadelphia with homeport change to San Diego; USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN -72) Alameda, CA; Staff of COMMANDER AMPHIBIOUS GROUP ONE home ported in Okinawa, Japan, and embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE, USS JUNEAU, USS ESSEX in Yokosuka and Sasebo Japan; USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in Norfolk, VA.

Shore duty assignments include: Naval Security Station Washington DC; Tactical Support Center, San Diego, CA; Commander Naval Space Command Dahlgren, VA; OPNAV Communications Information Systems and Network (N6).

He was selected for Command Master Chief in 2009; also chosen to represent the Navy at the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.  His initial Command Master Chief tour was onboard USS MASON (DDG 87) in Norfolk, VA.  During his tour, MASON, completed a counter piracy deployment in the 5th Fleet, with the embarked CTF commanded by the Singaporean Navy where he engaged with British, Pakistan, and Singaporean senior enlisted leadership, greatly enhancing international coalition relationships; and earned the Retention Excellence Awards.

Throughout his career, he has completed combat deployments in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibilities and participated in Operations SEA ANGEL II, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, CONTINUE HOPE, NEW DAWN, DESSERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Command Master Chief Kemp’s personal qualifications and awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Aviation Warfare, and the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare;  Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards.