USS Michael Murphy
"Lead the Fight"
(March 1, 2019 - Present)
CDR Christopher J. Forch
Commanding Officer

Commander Chris Forch, a native of Stratton Nebraska, was commissioned through the University of Nebraska NROTC Program in 2001, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology. He attained a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, completing his thesis on rail gun technology.

At sea, he served as Damage Control Assistant in USS SHRIKE (MHC 62), Ingleside, TX; Fire Control Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), Pearl Harbor, HI; Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS TRUXTUN (DDG 103), Norfolk, VA; and Executive Officer, USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112), Pearl Harbor, HI.

Ashore, he served as a Combat Systems Assessor at Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, VA, and as a Planning Officer in the Joint Cyber Center, USSTRATCOM, Bellevue, NE.

Commander Forch’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and service awards.

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