Commanding Officer - LCS Crew 204 (October 6, 2017 - Present)
CDR Karl McCarthy
Commanding Officer - Gold Crew

A native of North Easton, Massachusetts, Cmdr. McCarthy is a 1999 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his commission via the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Upon completion of his initial training, McCarthy reported to his first sea duty assignment in Norfolk, Virginia as deck division officer, weapons officer and training officer on USS Ponce (LPD 15). After completing Department Head School in 2004, he returned to sea as chief engineer on USS Mahan (DDG 72). From 2006 to 2009, he served as pre-commissioning operations officer on PCU Independence (LCS 2) Gold Crew. He most recently served at sea as flag secretary and assistant chief of staff for Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), completing a combat deployment to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

Ashore, McCarthy was assigned to Surface Warfare Officers School as an instructor for the Division Officer and Combat Information Center Officer Billet Specialty Courses. Later, he served in the Navy International Program Office as flag secretary and country program director, where he was selected as a Federal Executive Fellow and spent the 2013-14 academic year with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program. Additionally, he holds advanced degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.

McCarthy currently serves as the Commanding Officer of LCS Crew 204.

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