|LCDR Suzanne L. Schang
Commanding Officer (July 2010 - July 2012)
Lieutenant Commander Schang grew up in Blacksburg, VA where graduated from the Corps of Cadets of Virginia Tech in 2001 with a BS in Communications and a minor in Leadership.
Following SWOSDOC in Newport, RI, she reported to the USS Hopper (DDG 70) in Pearl Harbor, HI as the Electrical Officer where she earned Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Officer of the Deck (OOD), and Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualifications. She also contributed to a successful INSURV as head of Electrical Division and Underway Demonstration as one of two drilling EOOWs and the Engineering Training Officer for “Amazing Grace.”
Lieutenant Commander Schang was then assigned as the Department Head of Navigation and Administration onboard the USS Vincennes (CG 49) in Yokosuka, Japan. Serving Forwarded Deployed Naval Forces, she logged 1,080 hours of bridge watch, either as Officer of the Deck or Navigator of Team 49, “Freedom’s Fortress.” She successfully led the Ticonderoga class cruiser through 49 navigation details, including 4 Japanese ports, 5 South Korean ports, Hong Kong; 2 Marianas ports; and 3 U.S. ports. As Force Navigator, Lieutenant Commander Schang lead six of the seven ships in Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN in a ten-hour navigation detail through the challenging Shimonoseki Strait as part of a weather divert. Lieutenant Commander Schang was then summoned back to the Western Pacific to fill an emergency Navigator billet on the USS Vandegrift (FFG 48).
During her one month as the Navigator of Vandegrift, Lieutenant Commander Schang qualified OOD and stood 126 hours of watch, navigating the Mariana Islands and Cairns, Australia.
Lieutenant Commander Schang returned to Vincennes to participate in the decommissioning ceremony, 29 June 2005. Upon conclusion, she reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where she completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration on 15 June 2007. Upon graduation, she began department head training for Operations Officer onboard the USS John S McCain (DDG 56) based in Yokosuka, Japan.
Lieutenant Commander Schang served as Operations Officer on Forward Deployed USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) from 10 June 2008 to 9 December 2009 where she qualified Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and re-certified the ship for BMD operations. She took “Big Bad John” through the Coronation of the King of Tonga in the South Pacific, the Centenary Great White Fleet Cruise to Australia, eleven multi-national exercises - several as Flag Ship for Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN, and repeatedly led the operational planning cell for significant CNN-covered real-world operations. She concluded her tour with a highly publicized, compressed and successful training cycle followed by an emergent dry-docking CNO Availability.
Lieutenant Commander Schang was selected for Early Command in 2009 and served as Executive Officer of USS Patriot (MCM 7) in Sasebo, Japan before assuming Command in April, 2011.
Lieutenant Commander Schang’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award) and the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of third award) along with various service awards.