Captain Jim Waters
Commander, Submarine Squadron 4
Captain Jim Waters graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1989 and then completed graduate studies at Oxford University, England in 1991. Following the nuclear training pipeline, he reported to his first submarine, USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730 GOLD) in Bangor, Washington in December 1992. While there, Captain Waters completed five strategic deterrent patrols and served in various division officer assignments.
Following this assignment, Captain Waters reported to the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron Two in Groton, CT as Operations Officer. He completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in August 1997 and served as Engineer Officer onboard USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN 690). There he conducted a Dry Deck Shelter conversion, as well as a North Atlantic / Mediterranean deployment.
Captain Waters reported to Commander, Submarine Squadron Three in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for duty as Squadron Engineer in January 2000. Following this tour, he served as Executive Officer onboard USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731 BLUE) in Bangor, Washington. There he completed three strategic deterrent patrols from 2002 to 2004.
His next assignment brought him to Millington, Tennessee, for duty as the Submarine Executive Officer detailer at Navy Personnel Command in July 2004. During that tour he completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I. In route to his next assignment as Commanding Officer, USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774), he completed the Joint Forces Staff College JPME Phase II course in September 2006.
While in command of VIRGINIA, his crew completed a five-month modernization availability that included once-in-the-class propulsion plant testing, a majority of the class underway Operational Evaluation combat acceptance testing, and the first full-length deployment for the class. The VIRGINIA team earned two Battle Efficiency ‘E’ awards throughout his time in Command and received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for support of EUCOM and AFRICOM during the maiden deployment.
Soon after deployment Captain Waters was again transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as the Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron One. In that role, he assisted in preparing six SSN’s for Western Pacific and CENTCOM deployments. He most recently completed a tour at US Strategic Command where he served as a Battle Watch Commander in the Global Operations Center and as Chief of Staff for STRATCOM’s Director of Global Operations.
Captain Waters is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other individual, unit, campaign and service awards.