Commanding Officer (April 4, 2014 - Present)
CAPT Curt A. Renshaw
Commanding Officer

Captain Curt A. Renshaw is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and raised in nearby New Albany, Indiana. He is a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

His first assignment was in the pre-commissioning crew of USS SHILOH (CG 67) where he served initially as Repair Division Officer. After the ship’s shake-down, he assumed duties as Fire Control Officer and completed SHILOH’s first deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Following Department Head School, where he was recognized as “Top Gunner”, he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS ANZIO (CG 68), completing two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea as well as operational tasking in the Arabian Gulf. In 2003, he took command of USS PATRIOT (MCM 7), in Sasebo, Japan. Under his command, PATRIOT participated in numerous Seventh Fleet Operations and Exercises in the Western Pacific Theater as well as earning the Battle Efficiency Award for Mine Counter-measures Squadron One, the Golden Anchor Retention Excellence Award, and the CNO Safety Award.

His most recent sea assignment was as the first Commanding Office of USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS-2) where he and his crew developed all operating procedures and programs for the innovative first in class ship and executed those during post-delivery tests, trials, and operations. During his nearly 4 years in command, INDEPENDENCE Blue Crew sustained 100 percent retention and successfully completed every certification and assessment.

Ashore, he most recently served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also completed two tours at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN as Surface Warfare Officer Detailer and as Deputy Director, Surface Warfare Officer Assignments Division, and a tour on the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Staff as Future Ships Requirements Officer. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Post-graduate School in 1997, where he was awarded the United States Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement and the Military Operations Research Society Award for thesis research.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars) and the Navy Achievement Medal (gold star).

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