CDR Eric Kirlin
Commander Eric Kirlin is from Doylestown, PA and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in May 2001. He also earned a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
CDR Kirlin's sea tours were on board the USS MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL (SSN 708), where he served in various Division Officer roles, completed a northern deployment and two periods in the shipyard, and helped the ship earn the Battle Efficiency Award; Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT (CDS 28) as the Submarine Operations Officer, where he completed an eight-month deployment to Fifth Fleet; USS ALBANY (SSN 753) as the Engineer Officer, where he completed a northern deployment and a shipyard period, and helped the ship earn the Battle Efficiency Award; and PCU INDIANA (SSN 789) as the first Executive Officer, leading the command through initial manning and stand-up of all programs.
Ashore, CDR Kirlin served on the staff of Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COTF) an Operational Test Director for various submarine projects, including the Voyage Management System and the VIRGINIA Class Replacement Project; Task Force SIX NINE (CTF 69) as the Special Operations Officer, overseeing all submarine missions executed in the European and African Command Areas of Responsibility; and Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Deputy Director for Undersea Warfare, working on the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) Type Commander staff.
CDR Kirlin relieved as Commanding Officer of NOPF Dam Neck on 24 July 2020.