Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet


NOPF Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor, WA

Commander Thomas C. Karney

Commanding Officer

Born a Navy BRAT, CDR Karney was raised in four states and two continents. He received his commission and BA degree in Psychology from Villanova University in 1991. Upon completion of flight training he earned his wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in October 1992.

CDR Karney's operational assignments include a tour onboard Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) where he served as the 'Fighting Marlins' NFO Training Officer and Tactical Proficiency Course Coordinator and qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO, Beartrap TACCO, and Mission Commander. CDR Karney later served onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and was the ship's V-2 Division Officer. Following 9/11 the 'TR' set a post-WWII record sailing for 159 straight days without a port call and was awarded the Battenburg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. CDR Karney completed his Department Head tour onboard Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) in Brunswick, Maine. While a 'Red Lancer', he served as the Admin Officer, Keflavik OIC, and Squadron Ops Officer. CDR Karney's second carrier tour was as the Weapons Department Head, or 'Gun Boss' onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76). During this tour he earned both 'Mini Boss' and CDO Underway qualifications while the ship along with her embarked Air Wing (CVW-14) were awarded the Ramage Award, recognizing the best Carrier/Air Wing team in the Navy.

His shore assignments include an Intermediate Flight Instructor tour onboard Training Squadron TEN (VT-10) in Pensacola, FL, serving as the STAN/EVAL officer, responsible for overall standardization of instruction during the intermediate stage of flight training. CDR Karney completed an overseas tour as the Operations Officer for Commander, Task Force 67, based in Sigonella, Sicily where he scheduled and oversaw U.S. P-3 and EP-3 operations throughout Europe and Africa. CDR Karney reported to Whidbey Island from the Naval Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) where he served as the Exercise Development Team Leader, shaping both Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise design and objectives to provide quality training for the fleet and provide feedback to the CNO on the Navy's State of MIW and ASW. Commander Karney served as Executive Officer at Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island, Washington from June 2013 to February 2015.

He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of West Florida and his awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and 5 Battle Efficiency Awards.

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