Captain Derek A. Trinque
Captain Trinque is a native of Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
Captain Trinque assumed command of USS NORMANDY in August 2016. His previous sea duty assignments include command of USS O’KANE (DDG 77), Coastal Minehunter Crew VALOR (including command of USS OSPREY (MHC 51), USS CARDINAL (MHC 60), USS SHRIKE (MHC 62), and USS ROBIN (MHC 54)) and Coastal Minehunter Crew EXCEL (embarked in USS PELICAN (MHC 53)). He has also served as Operations Officer in USS NORMANDY (CG 60) and USS COLE (DDG 67), and in the Weapons, Operations, and Engineering Departments as a Division Officer in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58).
Ashore, Captain Trinque has served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff as the Branch Head for Integrated Air and Missile Defense in the Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N96) and on the Joint Staff in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) as the Branch Head for Ballistic Missile Defense Policy. He completed a tour as a Surface Warfare Assignments Officer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. His first shore tour was as a Seamanship and Navigation instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he also qualified as Officer in Charge of the Naval Academy’s 108-foot Yard Patrol training craft.
Captain Trinque holds Master Degrees in International Business from the University of Maryland and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Combat Action Ribbon, and six Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.