Commanding Officer (February 15, 2015 - Present)
LCDR Christopher M. Causee 
Commanding Officer

LCDR Christopher M. Causee is a native of San Diego, CA. He received his commission from NROTC San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in May 2003. For his first ship he was ordered to USS ESSEX (LHD 2) serving as Radar Repair and First Division Officer. In July 2005, he completed the Aegis Training pipeline in Dahlgren, VA and reported aboard USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71), as Training Officer.

Following his first two Division Officer tours, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a Master’s of Science in System Engineering Analysis and completing his Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1. After graduation, he transferred to the United States Naval Academy where he served as a Naval Science Instructor.

In February 2011, he graduated the Department Head course at Surface Warfare Officer School, Newport, RI and reported aboard USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47), to assume duties as First Lieutenant. Following selection for Early Command, he served at Executive Officer for MCM Crew DOMINANT, MCM Crew LEADER and USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11). He assumed command of USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11) in February of 2015.
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