April 5, 2018 - Present
CDR Matthew Smidt
Commanding Officer

A native of Seattle, Washington, Commander Smidt attended Washington State University graduating in May 2000 and Seattle University graduating in 2007.

Afloat, CDR Smidt served onboard USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) taking part in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as Reactor Mechanical (2 Plant) Division Officer taking part in Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, aboard USS CURTS (FFG 38) as Combat Systems Officer taking part in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO ONE as Staff Director and Advance Echelon Team Officer in Charge during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2010 mission to Cambodia and Timor Leste. CDR Smidt served as Executive Officer onboard USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) during a homeport shift to Yokosuka Japan, winning the 2016 Spokane trophy.

Following that tour CDR Smidt completed a tour as the Executive Officer onboard USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111) Ashore, CDR Smidt served as Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific detachment Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as Assistant Officer in Charge and Perspective Nuclear Engineering Officer Coordinator and on the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the lead of the Plans and Policy section of Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion (OPNAV N134) and the Surface Warfare Branch (OPNAV N96) where he managed fleet training, total ship training capability and assisted on manpower wholeness special projects.


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