USS IWO JIMA


Captain Jim McGovern
Commanding Officer

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CAPT McGovern was commissioned as an Ensign through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Norfolk State University and a Masters of Science from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Capt. Jim McGovern was commissioned as an ensign through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Norfolk State University and a Master of Science from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

McGovern’s operational assignments include service as division officer aboard USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) and USS Typhoon (PC 5). During his department head tour, McGovern served as 1st Lieutenant aboard USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), and USS Essex (LHD 2).

McGovern commanded USS Kingfisher (MCH 56) and later USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). While serving aboard Carter Hall, he his crew earned the Battle Efficiency Award and conducted counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and off the coast of Somalia.

McGovern’s shore assignments include serving as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officer’s School Command, Division Officer Course; commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center, Baltimore, Md.; Branch Head for Surface Full Time Support (FTS) assignments (Pers-417), and U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Reserve Directorate.

McGovern has received various personnel and unit awards, but is most proud of the 6 Battle Efficiency awards earned by the ships he has served aboard as they represent the collective team work and effort of each crew member.

McGovern reported aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as executive officer in February 2012. He assumed command in August 2013.