Commanding Officer (March 5, 2015 - Present)
LCDR Shane Dennis
Commanding Officer

LCDR Shane Dennis, originally from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania was commissioned through the NROTC Program at the University of Utah in 2003. His afloat tours include USS ESSEX (LHD 2) as Electrical Officer and Assistant First Lieutenant; Main Propulsion Assistant in USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) during which he was an Individual Augmentee as the Officer in Charge of a Military Transition Team supporting the 8th Iraqi Army Division. His department head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS PATRIOT (MCM 7). Selected for early command he reported aboard USS DEFENDER (MCM 2) as the Executive Officer in December of 2013, following the hull swap with USS CHIEF (MCM 14) in June 2014 he assumed command of USS CHIEF (MCM 14) in March of 2015.
Ashore, LCDR Dennis served in the Operations Directorate (J3) as the Knowledge Management Branch Chief at Headquarters United States European Command.
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