Commanding Officer (November 2009 - November 2011)  
Captain Richard Haidvogel 
Commanding Officer (November 2009 - November 2011)

Captain Rich Haidvogel is a native of Big Flats, New York. He graduated from Villanova University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.

Captain Haidvogel’s initial sea duty assignment was in USS COOK (FF 1083) where he served as Damage Control Assistant and Navigator. He completed a follow-on division officer tour in USS LEAHY (CG 16) as Battery Control Officer.

Captain Haidvogel’s first shore tour was at Afloat Training Group Pacific as the Air Warfare Training Officer. Following department head school, Captain Haidvogel served in USS COWPENS (CG 63) as the Weapons Officer, then Combat Systems Officer. During his tour, the ship won the Spokane Trophy as the Pacific Fleets’ most combat proficient ship.

Captain Haidvogel was then assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force as the Air Warfare Officer. He then reported to USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68) as Executive Officer. His next assignment was as Flag Secretary to Commander U.S. THIRD Fleet.

Captain Haidvogel attended the National War College and graduated with a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy in 2005. He also completed a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on technology management at the University of Phoenix in early 2005. Captain Haidvogel had a highly successful command tour in USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) and deployed to the Philippines in support of the Global War on Terror. His next assignment was to Commander Strike Force Training Pacific as the Surface Operations officer.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and service awards.


USS Princeton (foreground) and USS Kidd
Steel Beach Picnic at Sea
USS PRINCETON at anchor for Change of Command Ceremony
USS Princeton CG 59 Deployment
USS PRINCETON sailors prepare to moor in Pearl Harbor as they transit inbound for a few days of liberty
The Visit Board Search and Seizure team onboard USS PRINCETON (CG-59) conducts an approach visit on fisherman in the Red Sea
The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) passes under the Coronado Bridge as the ship returns from a deployment
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West visits the USS PRINCETON (CG59)

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