Captain Gerald N. Miranda Jr.
Commanding Officer, Gold Crew, USS Ohio
A third generation Navy Sailor, Captain Miranda graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics. He received his commission in November 1990 at the Navy's Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island.
In 1997, he earned a Master of Science degree (with distinction) in Mathematics and Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and in 2008, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from Webster University. He is also a 2002 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
From 1992 to 1995, Captain Miranda served in USS PORTSMOUTH (SSN 707), where he held several division officer billets. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Navigator and Operations Officer in USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728) (BLUE), where he made five strategic deterrent patrols.
From 2002 to 2004, he served as a Branch Chief in Special Plans at Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C. While assigned there, he served on a Joint Special Operations Task Force battle staff in Iraq and worked as a liaison to the Iraqi Survey Group.
From 2004 to 2006, he served as Executive Officer in USS KEY WEST (SSN 722), where he completed a Western Pacific deployment. From 2006 to 2008, he was assigned to the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs as Deputy Director, Navy Liaison for the U.S. House of Representatives serving Members of Congress and Sailors from across the globe.
From August 2009 to March 2012, Captain Miranda served as Commanding Officer of USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758), where he completed Western Pacific and Southern Command deployments and conducted operations in three theaters. Following command, he served as Deputy Commander for Commander, Submarine Squadron 11.
From June 2012 to November 2013, he served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From November 2013 to June 2015, he served as the Executive Assistant for Director, Undersea Warfare Division (OPNAV N97). In January 2016, he reported aboard USS OHIO (SSGN 726) (GOLD) .
Captain Miranda is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon along with other personal and unit awards. He served on crews that earned the Battle Efficiency “E” and other team awards. He is also the Pacific Fleet’s 2011 recipient of the VADM James Bond Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership.