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DEPUTY COMMODORE

Commodore  |  Deputy Commodore  Command Master Chief

Captain Ryan T. Keys

DEPUTY COMMODORE


   Captain Ryan Keys is a native of Fremont, California.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English.  He earned his Naval Aviator wings at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in October 1997, and completed initial training as an H-60F/H pilot at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) in 1998.

 
     Captain Keys’ sea duty assignments include the “Tridents” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron THREE (HS-3), the Staff of Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIVE (HS-5). and commanded the “Dragonslayers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron ELEVEN (HS-11).  He deployed in support of Operation Noble Anvil (Kosovo 1999), Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation IRAQI/FREEDOM.

    
    Captain Keys’ shore duty assignments include the “Warhawks” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot, United States Air Force War College, United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO (HSC-2), the east coast MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron, and the Staff of Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.


     Captain Keys has accumulated over 3,600 flight hours in the H-60F/H/S and qualified as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  He received The Navy & Marine Association 2008 Leadership Award for Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Detachment Jacksonville.  He attained the Joint Qualified Officer designation and Space Acquisition Additional Qualification Designator.


   Captain Keys reported to Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic as Deputy Commodore in May 2019.