CO Biography ImageCaptain Timothy R. Trampenau 
Commanding Officer

Captain Tim Trampenau graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History.  Following commissioning, he served in USS CARON (DD 970) as Electrical Officer and Gunnery Officer, deploying once to Operation DESERT STORM and a second time to the Red Sea.  In 1993, he reported to USS AMERICA (CV 66) as the Combat Direction Center, Surface Module Officer, deploying to the Adriatic Sea and Indian Ocean, and later to Haiti during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY.  He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs in 1996.

Captain Trampenau returned to sea as Operations Officer in USS DEYO (DD 989), deploying to the Mediterranean Sea as the NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean flagship.  He then served as Operations and Plans Officer (N3/N5) in AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON FOUR, deploying again to the Mediterranean Sea.  In 2001, he attended the Joint Forces Staff College and served with CARRIER GROUP EIGHT as Assistant Surface Operations Officer while deployed to the Arabian Sea for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.   He reported to USS ROSS (DDG 71) as Executive Officer in 2002, deploying to the Mediterranean Sea and later to the Baltic Sea for Exercise BALTOPS 2003.  He then transferred ashore and served as the Missile Defense Officer at the Headquarters, United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Captain Trampenau commanded USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) from June 2007 to December 2008, completing a successful deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa, taking an active role in Anti-Piracy Operations off the coast of Somalia.  Upon completion of his command tour, he reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (N86) as the Deputy Branch Head for Combat Systems.  Selected for the Federal Executive Fellowship program, he was the U.S. Navy Hudson Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford during the 2010-2011 academic year, conducting independent research on the Black Sea region.  He then transferred to the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), serving as Senior Inspector and Director of Staff Management before taking command of USS ANZIO.