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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
Chief of Staff 

Capt. Bruce Derenski
Chief of Staff
Commander, Submarine Group Two

Capt. Bruce Derenski
Chief of Staff
 
A native of Six Lakes, Michigan, Capt. Bruce Derenski graduated from Lakeview High School and enlisted in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program in 1981. As one of the first 50 candidates in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, he graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Applied Physics in 1986, and was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport RI in 1987.

Following nuclear training and Submarine School, Derenski reported to the Gold Crew of USS Florida (SSBN 728), home-ported in Bangor, Washington. His second sea tour was Engineering Officer aboard USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) (GOLD) in Kings Bay, GA. As Executive Officer aboard USS Toledo (SSN 769), he completed a Northern Atlantic deployment and a Battle Group deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Derenski was the Commanding Officer of the New Hampshire (SSN 778) during her initial construction and outfitting phase at Electric Boat Shipyard.

Between submarine assignments, Derenski taught Navy ROTC at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and later served as the CSG7 Material Officer aboard USS Frank Cable (AS-40), home-ported in the US territory of Guam. He graduated from the US Naval War College in 2003 with a MA in Strategic Studies, and completed a tour at Submarine Squadron 4 in New London as Deputy Commander for Readiness, overseeing material conditions and training for four 688 submarines and all Seawolf-Class submarines.  From 2007-2008, Derenski commanded Forward Operating Base (FOB) Camp Bucca, the third largest base in Iraq, and the world’s largest detention operation, in Um Qasr, Iraq.

Derenski is currently serving as the Submarine Group Two Chief of Staff and Engineering Department Head for Commander, Submarine Group Two.