USS OSCAR AUSTIN


CDR Charlos D. Washington
Commanding Officer

CDR Charlos Washington

Commander Charlos D. Washington is a native of Lithonia, Georgia. He attended the United states Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1994, receiving a degree in General Sciences.

He first reported for training in June 1994 to Surface Warfare Officer School, Division Officer Course in Newport, RI.

His initial sea duty station was aboard USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968) home ported in Norfolk, VA from 1995-1997 where he participated in a Mediterranean deployment and Counter-Narcotics Operations. He served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, and the Electrical Officer.

In July 1997, CDR Washington reported to USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan as Main Propulsion Assistant where he participated in SEVENTH FLEET operations and various multi-national Exercises from 1997-1999.

In June 1999, CDR Washington attended the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA and earned a Masters in Space Systems Operations.

CDR Washington reported to Surface Warfare Officer School Department Head Course in Newport, RI in October 2001 and subsequently served in USS LASSEN (DDG 82) as Chief Engineer from 2002-2004, completing an Western Pacific deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM. His follow on Department Head tour was aboard USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) as Chief Engineer from 2004-2005, completing an Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Operations SEA DRAGON, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Upon completion of his department head tours CDR Washington was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Surface Directorate (N86) in November 2005 serving as the Chemical, Biological Radiological Defense Afloat Resource Officer, Navy Liaison Officer to the Joint Chemical Biological Program, and Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE) Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

CDR Washington reported to USS PREBLE (DDG 88) as Executive Officer in June 2008. There he deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, and participated in various SEVENTH FLEET multi-national exercises.

His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various campaign medals and sea service ribbons.