|CAPT Sean D. Kearns
Executive Officer (March 2016 - February 2018)
CAPT Kearns is a native of central Maine and enlisted in the US Navy in 1987 soon after graduating high school. He served in the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program as an Electronics Technician for almost 3 years before being awarded an NROTC scholarship to Boston University. He graduated BU in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy on board USS CONSTITUTION and then proceeded to Newport, RI to begin his initial surface warfare officer training. His first officer assignment was aboard USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51) as Communications Officer and later Assistant Operations Officer.
CAPT Kearns’ other operational assignments include: Reactor Training Assistant in USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37); First Lieutenant in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50); Reactor Electrical Assistant in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), and Executive Officer in USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17). These assignments involved numerous overseas deployments in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and others, during which time these ship’s and their crews earned Navy and Unit Commendation Medals as well as the Humanitarian Service Medal.
In 2013, then CAPT Kearns took command of USS CONSTITUTION as the ship’s 73rd commanding officer. Following a successful command tour on Old Ironsides, CAPT Kearns reported to PCU MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) in Bath, ME as the executive officer.
CAPT Kearns’ shore assignments include: Naval Reactors Head Quarters (NRHQ) in Washington, DC as Action Officer for Surface Nuclear Propulsion matters; U.S. SECOND Fleet in the Policy, Requirements, and Experimentation branch; and Surface Warfare Officers School Command as the Director of Fleet Enlisted Engineering Training.
CAPT Kearns attended post-graduate education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as Naval War College (Senior Officer Course). He holds Master of Science degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and National Security and Strategic Studies.
CAPT Kearns’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and numerous campaign and unit awards.