Capt. Richard E. Verbeke
Regional Support Group Commander
Capt. Richard E. Verbeke is a native of Jefferson Township, N.J., and enlisted in the Navy in February 1977. After completing the nuclear power pipeline, he reported to USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687), home ported in Groton, Conn., in February 1979, where he served in Electrical Division. He completed two deployments and earned his silver dolphins before transferring to Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit (S1C) Windsor, Conn. in February 1982 for Instructor Duty. During his tour, he served as Training Coordinator, qualified as Master Training Specialist, and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1984. He returned to sea as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Electrical Division onboard USS Dallas (SSN 700), home ported in Groton in April 1985.
In March 1986, he was commissioned as an Ensign under the Limited Duty Officer Program and subsequently reported to Naval Submarine Support Facility New London as the Assistant Radiological Controls Officer. His next assignment was on USS Simon Lake (AS 33) in Holy Loch, Scotland in 1989 where he served in various repair department division officer billets and qualified Surface Warfare Officer. He then reported to the staff of Commander Submarine Group Seven Representative Guam, embarked on USS Holland (AS 32), as Quality Assurance Officer where he led “Fly Away Teams” to conduct emergent submarine and surface ship repairs throughout the Pacific.
In 1994, Capt. Verbeke reported to USS McKee (AS 41), as the Production Management Assistant, managing the repairs for 12 San Diego submarines. He was then assigned to the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Two in November 1996 as the Assistant Material Officer where he was a key player in the reorganization of New London submarine squadrons and the formation of Submarine Squadron Support Unit, where he assumed the duties as Ship Repair Officer, managing the material readiness for three squadrons of submarines. He reported to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in November 2000 as the Submarine Project Superintendent for intermediate maintenance of 18 Pearl Harbor Submarines.
Capt. Verbeke’s next tour was Executive Officer, Naval Station Pearl Harbor where he also completed his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and History from Excelsior College. He transferred to Naval Submarine Support Facility New London in April 2005 where he served as the Production Management Assistant responsible for intermediate maintenance of 18 Groton home ported submarines.
Capt. Verbeke’s most recent tour of duty was as Deputy Commander of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Capt. Verbeke received the 2000 Naval Submarine League Levering Smith Award for Submarine Support Achievement. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, and various unit commendations and service ribbons.