Captain Derek B. Granger
Captain Derek Granger hails from Millbrook, Alabama, graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History.
His first tour of duty was onboard USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) homeported in Charleston, South Carolina where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Damage Control Assistant from 1992 through 1995. During his shore tour as an instructor in the Damage Control Training Department at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Maritime Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
He reported in 1998 to USS SPRUANCE (DD 963) homeported in Mayport, FL, serving as Chief Engineer. His next tour was served as Commanding Officer, USS ZEPHYR (PC 8) homeported in San Diego, CA from 2000 through 2002, making a deployment to the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean in support counter-narcotic operations, as well as two 60-day deployments to the American Pacific Northwest providing maritime security for ballistic missile submarines and the Bangor Submarine Base following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.
His next tour of duty was served as the Surface Department Head Detailer with the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN. He returned to sea in 2003 as Executive Officer of USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Captain Granger then served as the Director, Capability Integration Directorate at the Joint Systems Integration Command, a tenant command of United States Joint Forces Command.
He commanded USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia from 2009 through 2010, deploying with Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE in support of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. During this deployment, DONALD COOK participated in strike operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Captain Granger then attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction in 2011 and earning a second master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He reported to Patrol Coastal Squadron ONE in Little Creek, Virginia as Chief Staff Officer and Deputy Commodore in June of 2011 and fleeted up to Commodore in December of 2011. He reported as Deputy Commodore to Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO in July 2014.
Captain Granger’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Battle Efficiency Award (3 awards), and various other campaign, unit awards and personal awards.