|Captain Christopher A. Merwin
Director of Mine Warfare
A native of Florida, CAPT Merwin graduated from the University of South Carolina and received his commission through the Naval ROTC program in 1991. After completing initial Surface Warfare and Diving and Salvage training he served at sea aboard the USS BEAUFORT (ATS -2) and at Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit ONE before attending Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School.
Upon designation as an EOD Officer he was assigned to EOD Mobile Unit SIX as an Officer in Charge of a Mine Countermeasures (MCM) detachment where he deployed to conduct underwater mine countermeasures in the Arabian Gulf. He was Operations Officer at EODMU TWO and Executive Officer at EODMU FIVE, where in 2006 he deployed to Iraq as the Officer in Charge of the Combined Explosive Exploitation (CEXC) Cell for Task Force Troy. In 2009 he took command of EODMU TWELVE and deployed the unit to Iraq as the Joint Counter-IED Task Force for U.S. Division North in support of the Third Infantry Division. In 2014 he was assigned as the Deputy Commander at EOD Group ONE where he deployed as the Initial Operational Capability Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific and Commander Task Force 75 prior to assuming command of EOD Group ONE.
Ashore he served as the Operations and Plans Officer at EOD Group TWO, as an action officer on the Joint Staff Operations Directorate coordinating Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the Deputy Directorate for Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Defense, and as the Joint Munitions Office Branch Chief in the U.S Pacific Command’s Directorate for Logistics, Engineering, and Security Cooperation, where he was responsible for developing theater munitions requirements.
He assumed duties as the Director of Mine Warfare at the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center in October 2016
CAPT Merwin is qualified as an EOD Officer, a Master EOD Technician, a Naval Parachutist, and a mixed-gas diving and salvage officer. He has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.