USS Defender
Decommissioned October 1, 2014
LCDR James Correia
Executive Officer (July 2013 - December 2013)

A native of Modesto, California, Lieutenant Commander Correia enlisted in the U.S Navy as a Sonar Technician in 1991. His initial sea assignment was in USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) followed by an instructor assignment at Fleet ASW prior to being selected for the FY99 Seaman-to-Admiral Commissioning Program. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and was commissioned as an Ensign in December 2002.

At sea, LCDR Correia served aboard USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) as Main Propulsion Officer, Repair Division Officer and Auxiliaries Officer and with MCM CREW CONSTANT as the Operations Officer. Upon graduating from Department Head School he reported to USS JARRETT (FFG 33) as the Combat Systems Officer for her final deployment prior to Decommissioning. Most recently, he served as Pre-Commissioning Combat
Systems Officer with USS ANCHORAGE (LPD 23) and USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22). He assumed duties as Executive Officer in USS DEFENDER (MCM 2) in July 2013.

Ashore, LCDR Correia was assigned on exchange with the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK where he served as Maritime Operations instructor and Leadership Training Officer (Maritime). During this assignment, he completed JPME Phase 1. Prior to attending Department Head School, he served in the Fleet Training Directorate at Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Lieutenant Commander Correia’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (3 awards) in addition to various unit and service awards.
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