Captain Michael J. Taylor
Commanding Officer (February 2010 - February 2012)

Captain Taylor is a third generation Surface Warfare Officer, native of San Diego California, and a 1987 graduate of San Diego State University. He was commissioned via the SDSU NROTC program in January of 1988.

In his initial sea duty assignment from 1988 to 1991, Captain Taylor served as First Lieutenant and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS CAYUGA (LST 1186), participating in both DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Subsequent assignments at sea included Engineering Officer in USS KINKAID (DD 965) from 1995 to 1997, Material Officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three, and Engineering Officer again in USS SHILOH (CG 67) from 1998 to 1999.

Captain Taylor served as Executive Officer in USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) from 2001 to 2003, and Chief Staff Officer on the staff of Destroyer Squadron Six Zero in Gaeta Italy. Capt Taylor Commanded the best Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate on the West Coast, USS FORD (FFG 54) homeported in Everett, Washington from 2006-2008.

Ashore, Captain Taylor has served as an Engineering, Seamanship, and Leadership instructor for Surface Warfare Officers School Command located in Coronado, California from 1991 to 1992; an Engineering Examiner on the CINCPACFLT Propulsion Examination Board in 1994; an Operations Officer on the Staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific from 1999-2000 and Chief Staff Officer for Regional Support Organization, San Diego in 2005.

Captain Taylor holds a Masters in Business Administration earned from Southern California’s National University. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (seven awards), as well as other personal and unit level awards and citations.


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