Commanding Officer (May 23, 2014 - Present)
CDR Robert Martin Huntington
Commanding Officer

CDR Huntington is a native of Modesto, California and entered the Navy in 1981 as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator following graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

In 1982, CDR Huntington was assigned to HSL-35 and completed initial training In the SH-2F Seasprite as a LAMPS MK I Sensor Operator and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer completing a deployment to the Western Pacific onboard USS Stein (FF-1065). In 1986, CDR Huntington was assigned to HSL-40 as an Aircrew Instructor in the SH-60B Seahawk. In 1990, CDR Huntington was assigned to HSL-48 completing deployments to South America during UNITAS 33-92 onboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and to the Mediterranean/Red Sea onboard USS Conolly (DD-979). In 1995, CDR Huntington was assigned to Sea Based Weapons and Advanced Tactics School, Pacific (SWATS), as a graduate level USW/SUW tactics instructor. During this tour, he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) commissioning program with the Aviation Operations designator.

In 1996, following his commissioning and training in the S-3B Viking, CDR Huntington was assigned to VS-31 completing an around the world deployment with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN and the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). In 1999, CDR Huntington was assigned to HSL-40 and the HSLWINGLANT Weapons Tactics Unit. During this tour, he was selected for flight school under the Limited Duty Officer to Naval Flight Officer (LDO to NFO) program. Following flight training in the T-34B Turbo Mentor at VT-4 and advanced Navigator Training in the T-43A Gator at the 562nd Flying Training Squadron (FTS), CDR Huntington earned his "Wings of Gold" in October, 2000 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Following P-3C Orion Training at VP-30, CDR Huntington was assigned to VP-26 where he deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Keflavik, Iceland and various other deployment sites in the Caribbean and Mediterranean AOR's including two detachments as Officer in Charge (OIC) in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In June, 2004, CDR Huntington reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) where he served as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer "Shooter." In March, 2006 CDR Huntington reported to the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN where he served as the Current Operations Officer. During this tour, he was temporarily assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL supporting the Global War on Terror as an Individual Augmentee (IA), working in the Coalition Coordination Center, J5 directorate. In July, 2007 CDR Huntington was assigned to VP-5 where he served as the squadron Tactics, Training, CTG Operations and Maintenance Officer deploying to Comalapa, El Salvador and Okinawa, Japan. In October, 2010 CDR Huntington was assigned to Naval Air Systems Command, PMA-205 serving as the P-3 Assistant Program Manager for Training Systems. In December, 2012 CDR Huntington reported to Tactical Air Control Squadron ELEVEN (TACRON-11) as the Executive Officer and deployed onboard USS Boxer (LHD-4) as the Tactical Air Officer and Air Resource Element Coordinator (AREC) for Amphibious Squadron ONE (CPR-1) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU).

He has logged more 5,000 flight hours in the SH-2F Seasprite, SH-60B Seahawk, S-3B Viking, and P-3C Orion.

Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation medal (4), Joint Service Achievement medal, Navy Achievement medal (10), Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award (2) and numerous unit and service awards.
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