Deputy Commander (May 2010 -May 2012)  
Capt Thomas P. Shaw
Deputy Commander (May 2010 -May 2012)

Captain Shaw graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and received his commission from Naval Officer Candidate School in 1987. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

His assignments at sea include Engineer Officer and Operations Officer in USS PLUCK (MSO 464), Damage Control Assistant in USS O’BRIEN (DD 975), Engineer Officer in USS REID (FFG 30), Materiel Officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron SEVEN, commissioning Executive Officer in USS HOWARD (DDG 83), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat and Intelligence Systems (C5I) Officer in USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), and Commanding Officer in the U.S. Special Operations Command High Speed Vessel JOINT VENTURE (HSV X1). While assigned to JOINT VENTURE, he was also designated as Commander, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) High Speed Vessel Task Unit making him the only non-SEAL NSW Task Unit Commander in the history Naval Special Warfare. During these operational tours he completed seven Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployments, including participating in Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Enduring Freedom-Philippines, and Ultimatum.

Ashore, Captain Shaw served at Surface Warfare Officers School Pacific as department head of both the Engineering and Shipboard Management departments while also instructing engineering and damage control. Most recently he was the Commanding Officer of Engineering Assessments Pacific.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

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United States Sailors and Marines ride with members of the Sri Lankan Navy on their way to Base Hospital Mutur
A Sailor stands the Aft-Lookout Watch on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

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