Commanding Officer 
CAPT James A. Kirk
Commanding Officer

Captain Kirk is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served in a variety of afloat and ashore billets as a Surface Warfare Officer.
He has served afloat on destroyers, cruisers, frigates and staffs including USS Fife (DD 991), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Hué City (CG 66), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), and as a Gas Turbine Inspector on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet. His most recent sea duty includes command of USS De Wert (FFG 45) and Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group Seven, Ronald Reagan Strike Group.
Ashore, Captain Kirk has served as Executive Assistant to the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs, Action Officer on the Joint Staff, and Executive Assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N96). He has attended both the U.S. Naval War College and U. S. Army War College graduating with Masters Degrees in National Security Studies. He is currently serving as the commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Zumwalt (DDG 1000).
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