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Commanding Officer


 Commanding Officer

Commander Eric R. Andrews

United States Navy

Commander Eric Andrews, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, graduated from Fordham University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 2003.     


Andrews’ first sea assignment was with Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine.  While there he completed two deployments, covering the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility while supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Active Endeavor, and Enduring Freedom-Philippines.  While with the “Red Lancers” he qualified as Patrol Plane Commander, Patrol Plane Mission Commander, Functional Check Flight Pilot, and Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot.


Andrews first shore assignment was at Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot.  While on board the “Pro’s Nest,” he qualified as an Orion Weapons Tactics Instructor, FRS Instructor-Under-Training (IUT) Instructor Pilot, Fleet IUT Instructor Pilot, and P-3 Fleet NATOPS Evaluator.


Following his FRS tour, Andrews reported to USS GEORGE H W BUSH (CVN 77) as the Assistant Navigator and made the ship’s maiden deployment, operating in the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet AORs while supporting Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.  Upon returning from deployment, Andrews was recognized by Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic as the 2011 Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year.  While on board CVN 77, Andrews qualified as Command Duty Officer (Underway), Officer of the Deck (Underway), and Assistant Command Duty Officer (In Port).


Andrews completed P-8A Poseidon transition training following his tour aboard CVN 77 and reported to Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) in October 2013 for his Department Head tour, making the second-ever P-8A operational deployment to SEVENTH Fleet with the “Mad Foxes”.  He qualified as a P-8A Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, IUT Instructor Pilot, and Functional Check Flight Pilot during this tour.


Andrews returned to VP-30 after his Department Head tour to serve as the FRS Training Officer, overseeing all initial and refresher training for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force personnel in the P-3C Orion, EP-3E Aries, MQ-4C Triton, and P-8A Poseidon aircraft.  He qualified as a P-8A FRS Instructor Pilot, Fleet NATOPS Evaluator, Formation Instructor Pilot, Aerial Refueling Pilot, and FRS IUT Instructor Pilot in his second tour at the “Pro’s Nest”.


Andrews has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours throughout his naval career, primarily in the P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and other personal, campaign, and service ribbons. In May 2018, CDR Andrews assumed the duties of Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX.​ In June 2019 CDR Andrews became the 74th Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX