Captain John A. Carter
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Capt. John “JC” Carter is a native of Hampton Bays, N.Y. on the South Fork of Long Island. A 1988 graduate of the University of Rochester, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

His sea assignments have included division officer tour on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN-40) as the Reactor Controls Officer and Reactor Training Assistant. His first department head tour was on guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37) as the Operations Officer. His second department head tour was on guided-missile cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN-37) as the Engineer Officer. Additionally, Capt. Carter served as the Fleet Force Protection Officer for Sixth Fleet, Chief Staff Officer for Task Force Sixty-Eight, Reactor Officer for the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Executive Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS BATAAN (LHD-5).

Ashore he has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., and as the Surface Nuclear Assignments Officer in Millington, Tenn. Additionally, he completed his Joint Officer tour while assigned to the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command.

Capt. Carter has commanded three ships for the United States Navy. He commanded the rescue and salvage ship USS Salvor (ARS-52) from 2001 to 2003, guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) from 2006 to 2008, and amphibious assault ship USS BATAAN (LHD-5) from 2014 to 2016. While in command, Capt. Carter has deployed to both the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean. Ships that he has commanded have been awarded; four Battle E’s, twenty-four warfare E’s, four Golden Anchors, four CNO Safety Awards, Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, the NEY award, and twice selected as SURFLANT’s Battenberg Cup Nominee.

Capt. Carter has earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from U.S. Naval War College. He is a proven sub-specialist in Nuclear Propulsion, and he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

Capt. Carter has served in the following Campaigns: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Operation Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, Operation Enduring Freedom, and JTF-RNC. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).