Captain John P. Carter
Commander, Submarine Squadron 16
As the Commander of Submarine Squadron Sixteen CAPT John Carter is responsible for the operational readiness of the Atlantic based SSGN guided missile submarine fleet. He is married and has two daughters that attend Chatham University in Pennsylvania.
Captain Carter commanded USS NEBRASKA (BLUE) home ported in Bangor, Washington from 2004 through 2007. He served as executive officer on USS JACKSONVILLE home ported in Norfolk, VA from 2000 to 2001. He completed his weapons and engineering officer department head assignment on USS KENTUCKY (BLUE) home ported in Kings Bay, Georgia in 1997. He reported aboard USS PASADENA during new construction in Groton, Connecticut following nuclear power training in the summer of 1988. He has deployed experience in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Western Pacific theaters of operation.
Captain Carter’s assignments ashore include Chief of Staff of Combined Maritime Forces under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, Director of strategic forces for Commander Task Force 144, Senior Board Member of the Atlantic nuclear propulsion examining board (NPEB) for Commander Fleet Forces Command, and Deputy of Operations at the Defense Liaison Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Captain Carter holds Master of Science in Physics (’94) and Systems Analysis (’11) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master in Engineering Management (’07) from Old Dominion University. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics and received his naval commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1987.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal. His unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.