(March 6, 2019 - Present)
CAPT James W. Edwards
Commanding Officer

Captain Edwards is a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A 1993 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. For his graduate work, he was awarded a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering degree from Boston University in 2001.

He served in Ships on the East and West Coast and has deployed to the Eastern Pacific, Western Pacific, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Baltic Sea and Eastern Atlantic Ocean. He served as Assistant CIC Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58) homeported in Mayport, Florida. After attending the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline in Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina; he served as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in Norfolk, Virginia. His conventional Department Head tour was Operations Officer in USS JARRETT (FFG 33) in San Diego, California. Following his time as OPS in JARRETT, he served as the Reactor Electrical Assistant in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75). For his first command tour he fleeted up from Executive Officer to Commanding Officer on the then newly minted and lead ship in the Littoral Combat Ship Class - USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) in San Diego, California. He has served as the Executive Officer and is currently the Commanding Officer of USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) homeported in San Diego, California.

Ashore, Captain Edwards served as a NROTC Instructor at Boston University/MIT. He also instructed Officer students in Electrical Engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina. Following his Principal Assistant tour onboard HARRY S TRUMAN, he was the Branch Chief of the Command and Control shop at the U. S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. After his Commanding Officer tour on USS FREEDOM he commanded the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa New York preparing Navy nuclear power students for the Fleet on the commands two active nuclear reactors and training prototypes. Following his command tour at NPTU Ballston Spa, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff at U.S. Pacific Fleet in Honolulu Hawaii.

Captain Edwards is designated as a Joint Qualified Officer. His decorations include the Legion of Merit (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and is authorized to wear various theater and service medals and ribbons.

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