CAPT John S. Banigan
CAPT John S. Banigan
Executive Officer (June 2011 - May 2013)

Captain Banigan hails from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. He earned his commission through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps at Virginia Military Institute.

In September of 2011 CAPT Banigan reported to LAKE ERIE having previously served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff in the Surface Warfare Division, as Deputy for Ballistic Missile Defense and Aegis Ashore Branch Head. In this capacity, working closely with Missile Defense Agency and industry partners, he authored the vision and defined the evolution of Navy’s Aegis BMD capability for ashore emplacement in the Defense of Europe. He authored and staffed the memorandums of agreement between Navy and Missile Defense Agency the defined responsibilities, requirements and funding thereof in support of BMD capability afloat, from Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) to Aegis BMD 4.0 afloat.

In 2007 he assumed command of USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), one of four continuously forward deployed AEGIS BMD capable destroyers, homeport Yokosuka, Japan. Under his command “Big Bad John”, as JOHN S. McCAIN was appropriately dubbed, was assigned and successfully executed the most daunting and complex real world operations from deep in the Yellow Sea to across the Sea of Japan – most befitting for the namesake! “Big Bad John” was awarded international recognition for saving the lives of eleven fishermen lost at sea and recovering the air crew of downed B-52 Stratofortress RAIDER 21, and served as Navy’s flagship for 100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet and King’s Coronation in Tonga.

CAPT Banigan’s other sea tours include Executive Officer, USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), where he conducted ballistic missile testing. Earlier he served as Commissioning Chief Engineer, USS O’KANE (DDG 77); Chief Engineer, USS STARK (FFG 31); Fire Control Officer and Combat Information Center Officer, USS INCHON (LPH 12); First Lieutenant and Main Propulsion Assistant, USS FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF 1067); and First Lieutenant, USS BRONSTEIN (FF 1037). During these tours he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, served as United States Flag Ship for Standing Naval Forces Atlantic, and conducted many other real world operations across the globe.

His other ashore tours include Chief of Modernization at Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; Operations Officer and Chief Statistician at the Center for Career Development, Naval Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; and Professor of Naval Science at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

CAPT Banigan has earned a Master of Science in Statistical Analysis at Tulane University; Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at Naval War College; and Bachelor of Science in Physics at Virginia Military Institute. Additionally, he completed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology fellowship with focus on Foreign Relations, International Relations and Nation Interests.


Operation Specialist 2nd Class Marcos Locero and members of the color guard lead the parade group through the town of Put-in-Bay
USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) Sailors Become Citizens at Pearl Harbor Visitors Center
A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from USS Lake Erie
Sailors lower a missile into the missile deck aboard USS Lake Erie.

 Served with...

CMDCM(SW) Brian Ortega
CAPT David Hughes
CMDCM Johnson
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