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Commander John Tobin
Commanding Officer

Click for high resolutionCommander John Tobin was commissioned in 2000 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and designated a Special Operations Officer.  He reported to USS PORTER (DDG 78) as Commanding Officer in July of 2017.

At sea, CDR Tobin served as Diving and Salvage Officer in USS SALVOR (ARS 52); Boarding Officer for Non-Compliant Boarding Team 1; Fire Control Officer in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73); Weapons Officer, Combat Systems Officer and Executive Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59). His latest at sea tour was as Executive officer on USS PORTER (DDG 78) from December 2015 until May of 2017.  He has deployed to THIRD, FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility.
Ashore, CDR Tobin served at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as the Deputy Director for Professional Development; Joint Staff, J-5 Directorate Washington D.C. as an action officer for Strategic Plans and Policy Division; U.S. Sixth Fleet, Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Striking and Support Forces NATO in Naples, Italy as Flag Aide for the Commander; and Center for Naval Security Forces and Anti-Terrorism Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as the Assistant Officer in Charge; Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, FL as Diving Officer.
CDR Tobin’s additional education includes a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Anti-Terrorism, from Boston University and qualification as a Joint Staff Officer.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), various unit and service awards as well as the Joint Staff J5 Action Officer of the Year.