CAPT Blake Converse
Capt. Converse graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds master’s degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Navy Postgraduate School.
He joined the Navy in 1988 and after completing nuclear and submarine training, his sea assignments began in 1989 aboard USS LAPON (SSN 661) in Norfolk, Va. Subsequent sea tours included service as the engineer officer aboard USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as executive officer aboard USS MINEAPOLIS-ST PAUL (SSN 708) in Norfolk, Va., and as the commanding officer of USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743)(BLUE) in Bangor, Wash.
At his shore assignments, Capt. Converse served as the Pacific Submarine Force Radiological Controls Officer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a special assistant to the commander at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., as the Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron Seventeen in Bangor, Wash., and as the Prospective Commanding Officer Course Instructor and Special Assistant for Fleet Operations at Naval Reactors Headquarters. His most recent assignment was as Commander, Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, Va.
During his tour as commanding officer of USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743)(BLUE), the ship earned the 2006 Omaha Trophy for excellence in strategic deterrence warfare, the 2007 Battle Efficiency Award, the 2008 Ney Award for food service excellence and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for excellence across the spectrum of strategic operations. In 2008, Capt. Converse was awarded the Rear Admiral Jack N. Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence of Command. In 2014, Capt. Converse was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptional role as Commander, Submarine Squadron Six.