Master Chief Sonar Technician (Submarines)
Charles D. Abrams
Chief of the Boat
USS California (SSN 781)
Master Chief Abrams, a native of Fountain Valley, Calif., joined the Navy in February 1996. After Basic Training in Great Lakes, Ill. he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Sonar Technician Submarines “A” School in New London, Conn. He then reported to USS Columbus (SSN 762) stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Reenlisting for Sonar “C” school he transferred to Naval Submarine School as a student for both AN/BSY-1 Maintenance and Advanced Sonar Employment where he completed both as the honor graduate. When he finished “C” school, he reported to USS Pasadena (SSN 752) stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as First Lieutenant and Sonar Supervisor. He then transferred to the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific as the Sonar Division Leading Petty Officer. During this tour he qualified as a Master Training Specialist and was selected as Instructor of the Year for 2004.
Returning to sea duty, he attended the Master Sonar Technician course at Naval Submarine School prior to reporting to the USS Tucson (SSN 770) in Pearl Harbor, where he relieved as the Leading Petty Officer. While on board Tucson he was the 2005 Submarine Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year and was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2006. Following a Western Pacific Deployment he returned to USS Columbus as the Sonar Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and the Combat Systems Department Leading Chief.
In 2009 after a successful second tour on Columbus, Abrams accepted orders as the Sonar Assistant at Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, Va. where he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and completed his Chief of the Boat qualifications. After attending the Senior Enlisted Academy and the COB/CMC course, he relieved as USS California (SSN 781) Chief of the Boat in November 2011 and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2012.
Master Chief Abrams is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various other personal and unit awards.