|Commander Andrew D. Amidon
Commanding Officer (May 2010 - November 2011)
A native of Havelock, North Carolina, Commander Amidon graduated from North Carolina State University in 1992 and entered the Navy via the NROTC Commissioning Program.
After completing the Surface Warfare Division Officer Course in Newport, RI, Commander Amidon reported in May 1993 to USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) in Mayport, Florida. He served for over three years onboard LEYTE GULF as Ordnance Officer, Gunnery Officer, Main Propulsion Division Officer, and Main Propulsion Assistant. During this tour he completed a Middle East Force (MEF) deployment to the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, and also participated in Counter-Drug Operations in the Caribbean Sea. In August 1996, he reported to Afloat Training Group Mayport, Florida, where he served for two years as a Training Liaison Officer and the Surface Warfare Department Head, assisting several ships through their basic training cycle and Cruise Missile Tactical Qualifications.
Upon completion of Department Head School in Newport, RI, Commander Amidon reported in May 1999 as Operations Officer onboard USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8) in Mayport, Florida. During this tour he completed a UNITAS deployment in which MCINERNEY circumnavigated South America while participating in several multi-national exercises. In April 2001, he began his second Department Head tour onboard USS AVENGER (MCM 1) in Ingleside, Texas, serving as Executive Officer and Navigator. While on AVENGER, he conducted Mine Warfare exercises and operations along the west coast of the United States from San Diego up to Canada. In December 2002, he reported to USS NASSAU (LHA 4) for a third Department Head tour, where he served as Navigator. He joined the ship during a nine-month deployment in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and also served as the ships Dry-docking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) Coordinator for a ten-month maintenance period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
Commander Amidon then attended the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, from July 2004 to June 2005, where he received a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree and completed Joint Professional Military Education phase one. In August 2005, he reported to USS BOONE (FFG 28) in Mayport, FL as Executive Officer. During this tour BOONE completed a six-month deployment to the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea as a part of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG 1), where BOONE participated in numerous multi-national exercises and conducted Maritime Security Operations.
Commander Amidon’s next assignment was from May 2007 to July 2008 as the Expeditionary Warfare and Mine Warfare Cell Leader and Maritime Warfighting Instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Command in Newport, RI.
CDR Amidon reported in October 2008 as Executive Officer for Assault Craft Unit ONE. He fleeted-up to Commanding Officer in May 2010. CDR Amidon’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and various campaign, service and unit level awards.