Capt. Craig A. Clapperton
Captain Craig "Clap" Clapperton is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He was commissioned in 1989 and designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1991. In 2008, he earned a Master of Arts in National Strategy and Security Studies from the Naval War College with highest distinction and was a member of the college's elite Stockdale Group. He is a distinguished graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power training Command and completed nuclear power training in 2010. He is currently the Commanding Officer, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71).
Captain Clapperton completed operational flying tours in both the A-6E Intruder and the EA-6B Prowler. His squadron assignments include tours with the VA-34 Blue Blasters, VAQ-139 Cougars, and Wizards of VAQ-133.
Captain Clapperton commanded the Shadowhawks of VAQ-141 from July 2006 through September 2007. During his Executive Officer and Commanding Officer tour, the squadron flew missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM operating from the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, and earned the Battle E and the Golden Anchor Awards for operational and retention excellence. In September 2007, Captain Clapperton was awarded the prestigious Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.
From August 2010 through May 2012, Captain Clapperton served as the Executive Officer, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). During his tour, TRUMAN earned the Battle E and the Chief of Naval Operations Retention Excellence Award, participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, and executed the largest availability ever conducted by Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
Captain Clapperton commanded USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20), the flagship for the U.S. SIXTH Fleet and Striking and Support Force NATO, from November 2012 through July 2014. During his tour as the flag captain, MOUNT WHITNEY made two Black Sea deployments and served as the flagship for BALTOPS 2013 and 2014 and TRIDENT JAGUAR.
During his tours ashore, Captain Clapperton served as Aide to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Second Fleet/Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic, as a flight instructor in the Prowler Fleet Replacement Squadron, and on the staffs of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and Commander, Naval Air Forces.