Commander Charles E. HamptonCommanding Officer
CDR Hampton is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi in 1992. A former high school educator and coach, he attended Officer Candidate School and commissioned as Ensign in 1997.
At sea, CDR Hampton served in USS FORD (FFG 54) as First Lieutenant, USS HOWARD (DDG 83) as Navigator, and USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) as Weapons and Combat Systems Officer earning well-regarded recognition for the Admiral Arleigh Burke Surface Warfare Operational Excellence and Navy/Marine Corp Association Leadership awards. In April 2013, he reported to USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) as Executive Officer where he oversaw the successful homeport shift of 300 Sailors and their families from Norfolk, VA, to Rota, Spain.
Ashore, CDR Hampton's tours included Surface Warfare Officers School as Navigation, Seamanship, and Shiphandling instructor, and Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command as Ballistic Missile Defense Surface Operations Action Officer in Global Force Management where he oversaw employment of Ballistic Missile Defense-capable ships and managed the Navy's SM3 missile inventory.
CDR Hampton earned a Master of Arts in Education Training and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science in Strategic Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Currently CDR Hampton is the Commanding Officer of USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) where he leads SIXTH Fleet's premier Ballistic Missile Defense destroyer to operational excellence as the "proof of concept" platform for Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe. DONALD COOK has earned three consecutive Battle Effectiveness awards for 2013-2015 and executed operations from the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean to Cape Wrath in Northern Scotland.