Executive Officer (August 1, 2017 - Present)
LCDR Frederick D. Crayton
Executive Officer

LCDR Crayton’s naval service began in 1994 as an enlisted Operations Specialist, completing tours on the USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), and USS ESSEX (LHD-2) home ported in Sasebo, Japan. Subsequently, he would receive his bachelor’s degree in English Liberal Arts from Norfolk State University, commissioning under the legacy Seaman to Admiral Program in 2004. Upon commissioning, he was assigned to the USS MAHAN (DDG 72) in Norfolk, Virginia where he completed a single long tour, serving as Administrative Officer, Strike Officer, Legal Officer, and Auxiliaries Officer.

After a rewarding tour at sea, he worked as a Training Liaison Officer at Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, VA. While there, he was selected for an Individual Augment that sent him away to training and Iraq for over a year. Down range, he served as the Chief of Operations and Deputy J3 for the Joint Special Operations Command. In May 2011, he completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University.

Upon completion of his Masters, LCDR Crayton attended AEGIS tactical training in Dahlgren, VA and subsequently Department Head and Engineer training at Surface Warfare Officer School Command, Newport, RI. After graduating in the top 5% of his class, he reported to USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) as the Engineer Officer.

After commanding Engineering Department with exceptional results, he was hand-picked to be an Engineering Assessor at Engineering Assessments Atlantic (EAA), Norfolk, VA where he served as Senior Assessor and Project Officer for diesel and gas turbine platforms. Following EAA, he screened for a one year Global War on Terrorism Assignment (GSA); there he served as an Officer in Charge (OIC) of a Joint Task Force support vessel which conducted Special Operations Force and Maritime Security Operations. Currently, he is the Executive Officer (XO) of the USS CHIEF (MCM 14).

LCDR Crayton’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.

LCDR Crayton is a native of Ellington, CT.

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