USS Denver
Decommissioned August 14, 2014
Command Master Chief (July 2011 - Present)

CMDCM(SW/IDW) Edwin D. Purdy
Command Master Chief

The son of a Submarine Nuclear Machinist Mate Master Chief who served with Admiral Hyman Rickover under the Atoms for Peace Program, Command Master Chief Purdy is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and joined the Navy in 1987 where he received Basic Training at Orlando, Florida and attended NTTC Pensacola, Florida for CTR A and C school. Master Chief Purdy received his first set of orders to DIRSUP Rota, Spain.

During his tour in Rota, he served on several Surface and Subsurface combatants as a collection operator and Mediterranean Area Analyst, completing his tour TAD to USS SARATOGA (CV 60) in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Upon completion of six months cryptologic analysis training for Non-Commissioned Officers at the National Security Agency and attending the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick GA, Master Chief Purdy received orders to serve at the Cryptologic Support Group U.S. Southern Command, Panama from 1992 through 1996, as part of the tactical support counter narcotics team at Howard Air Force base.

CMDCM Purdy reported to Navy Information Operation Command (NIOC) Georgia, in 1996 and 1999 received orders to USS THORN (DD 988). After completing a very successful tour onboard USS THORN (DD 988), Command Master Chief was sent to NIOC Texas and later transferred to the Planning Tasking Center Atlantic as the AOIC of a small detachment of NIOC Suitland, in Norfolk, VA.

In 2006, Command Master Chief Purdy volunteered to go to Afghanistan, where he led CJTF76 Collection Management team and three subordinate units in the tasking and planning of many Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance operations in support of several successful reconnaissance operations.

While station at NIOC Norfolk, and attending the Joint Information Operation Planning Course (JIOPC), Command Master Purdy led NIOC Norfolk’s Information Operation Planning Department as the DLCPO – subsequently promoted to Master Chief in 2007.

In July of 2008, Master Chief Purdy reported to NIOC Yokosuka as the Senior Enlisted Leader, also attending the Naval Intelligence Business Executive Course at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA prior to his selection as Command Master Chief.

CMDCM Purdy reported to USS DENVER (LPD 9) in July 2011. One year later USS DENVER, a 43 year commissioned ship, successfully completed ULTRA-S, 3M Certification and INSURV inspection. Command Master Chief Purdy continues to have the honor and privilege to serve the Sailors onboard USS DENVER – the oldest deployable warship.
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