Submarine Squadron 11


San Diego, CA
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CMDCM (SS) Ronald (JR) T. O’Donnell Jr.

Command Master Chief, Submarine Squadron Eleven

Command Master Chief O’Donnell, a native of Danville, Illinois enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August of 1996. Upon completion of Recruit Training, Basic Submarine School, and STS “A” School, he reported to the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in June of 1997. In March of 1998 after completing a Depot Modernization Period, the USS OKLAHOMA CITY returned to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia.  It was on this ship where he earned his submarine dolphins and completed a Western Atlantic and Northern Deployment.

In November of 2000, he reported to AN/BSY-1 “C” School in Groton, Connecticut and then transferred to his second submarine the USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761).  He served as the Ship’s Sonar Division Leading Petty Officer. While onboard he completed two Mediterranean deployments.

In May 2004, he transferred to Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as an instructor of Sonar courses, Attack Centers, and Ship Control Trainers. In 2006 he completed his Master Training Specialist qualification, Associate of Science in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University, and was selected for Chief Petty Officer.

In October of 2007, he returned to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and reported to the USS SANTA FE (SSN 763) as the Sonar and Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer completing a Deport Modernization Period.  In February 2008 the USS SANTA FE left Portsmouth and transited through the Panama Canal returning to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in April 2008. While onboard he completed a Western Pacific Deployment.

In March of 2010, Chief O’Donnell transferred to the COMSUBPAC Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team as the Senior Sonar Evaluator.  He evaluated over 50 pacific fleet submarines and training facilities on the operations and guidelines of submarine operations while in a wartime environment.  In July 2010, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

In May of 2013, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and after completing the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI, Master Chief O’Donnell reported to the USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) as the Chief of the Boat.  While onboard he completed two Western Pacific deployments and the boat was awarded the 2015 Commander, Submarine Squadron ONE Battle Efficiency “E”.


In September of 2016, he transferred to his current duty station as the Command Master Chief of Commander, Submarine Squadron ELEVEN in San Diego, California.


Master Chief O’Donnell has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (3), Navy Achievement Medals (3), and various other personal, unit, and campaign ribbons/medals.