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
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