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Captain Christopher D. Stone
Commanding Officer

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A native of Texas, Captain Stone graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994. 

Following surface warfare training, he reported to the guided missile cruiser USS PRINCETON (CG 59) where he served as Auxiliaries Officer, First Lieutenant, and Assistant Operations Officer.  As a department head, CAPT Stone served aboard the cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer.  During that tour, he participated in the opening months of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  CAPT Stone served as Executive Officer of USS STOUT (DDG 55) from December 2007 through January 2010, completing the inaugural Navy Ballistic Missile Defense deployment in the European Command Area of Responsibility.  From August 2012 to February 2014, he commanded USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81), leading the ship to earn the prestigious Battle Efficiency Award twice.  He assumed command of USS NORMANDY (CG 60) in May 2018.
Ashore, CAPT Stone served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N76/N86) as Area Air Defense Section Head and Standard Missile Requirements Officer, spearheading early development of the SM-6 missile.  In 2010, he reported to United States Joint Forces Command, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) as a member of the Joint Deployable Team.  While assigned, he deployed to Afghanistan to coordinate Rule of Law development efforts across 14 U.S. government and multi-national agencies, and later served as the first JECC Liaison Officer to United States Transportation Command.  Following command, he served as Executive Assistant to the Director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N96) from 2014 to 2016 and was dual-hatted as the Acting Deputy Director (N96B) for the final six months of his tour.  His last assignment was Deputy Fleet Implementation Branch Head for the Director, Navy Special Programs (OPNAV N9SP).   
CAPT Stone is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he received his master’s degree in Systems Technology (Joint C4I Curriculum). Graduating at the top of his class, he received the Navy League Award for Academic Achievement, Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Academic Achievement, and Outstanding Thesis Award. 
Awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal, four Battle Efficiency awards, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.