Lieutenant Commander John Liddle
LCDR John Liddle is a native of Pottsville, PA and a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. While at Annapolis, LCDR Liddle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
Upon commissioning, LCDR Liddle completed Surface Warfare Division Officer Training in Newport, RI and reported to USS PRINCETON (CG 59), homeported in San Diego, CA. LCDR Liddle deployed with PRINCETON in 2001 and participated in the initial phases OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. While aboard PRINCETON, LCDR Liddle served as Ordnance Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant, and he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Tactical Action Officer.
LCDR Liddle departed PRINCETON in 2003 and reported to the Navy's Operations Center (OPNAV N310) in the Pentagon where he served as a watchstander, Technical Support Division Officer, and Operations Briefer to the CNO. LCDR Liddle also began graduate studies which culminated in a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University in 2005.
Prior to returning to sea duty, LCDR Liddle attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. While in Newport, he focused on operational-level wargaming as a member of the NWC Halsey Group.
In 2006, LCDR Liddle reported to USS MASON (DDG 87), homeported in Norfolk, VA. LCDR Liddle deployed with MASON as Weapons Officer from 2006-07 and as Combat Systems Officer from 2008-09. While on MASON, LCDR Liddle was selected as the Destroyer Squadron 22 Junior Tactician of the Year in 2007 and Surface Warfare Officer of the Year in 2008. MASON's 2008-09 deployment featured two successful narcotics interdictions and the successfully negotiated release and return of MV FAINA, a Ukrainian weapons freighter seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Upon completion of his tour on MASON, LCDR Liddle reported to Headquarters, U.S. Central Command. While at CENTCOM, LCDR Liddle served as a Counterterrorism and Personnel Recovery Section Chief within the Current Operations Division, Operations Directorate (J3-O). He was recognized for his contributions to CENTCOM with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
LCDR Liddle reported to HUE CITY in August 2013 as Executive Officer.