Commander (December 6, 2013 - Present) 
Captain Edmund B. Hernandez
Commander

Captain Ed Hernandez is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Southern California; graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a BA degree in Economics and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training program in 1989.

Ashore he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he graduated with an MA degree in National Security Affairs in 1994. Other shore-duty assignments included a tour at OPNAV N3/5 in the CNO’s watch floor as Battle Watch Captain, Operations Officer and Deputy Director. He also served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to OPNAV N8, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments. Most recently, Captain Hernandez completed a GSA tour at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti as the Executive Assistant to the Commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

At sea he served in USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9) as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, USS GEORGE PHILIP (FFG 12) as Combat Systems Officer, USS PRINCETON (CG 59) as Operations Officer, COMDESRON THIRTY-ONE as Training, Readiness, and Exercise/Plans Officer and CTF 70/COMCARSTRKGRU FIVE/USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Strike Group as Deputy Operations Officer. He commanded the minesweeper USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan and the Guided Missile Destroyer USS MILIUS (DDG 69) home ported in San Diego, California. Currently, he is the Commander for Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three.

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