Captain John "Patrick" Friedman
Commander, Submarine Squadron 11
From Albany, Louisiana, Captain Friedman graduated from Louisiana State University in 1995 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After Officer Candidate School, he completed nuclear power and basic submarine training. He reported to his first submarine assignment on USS HELENA (SSN 725). He served as main propulsion assistant, damage control assistant, and quality assurance officer, and completed a Western Pacific deployment and a 13-month depot modernization period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before HELENA changed homeports to San Diego, California.
In June 2003, he reported to USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773) as the engineer officer. He completed an Eastern Pacific deployment, a Western Pacific deployment, and an intermediate drydocking that included a dual-media discharge. During his time aboard, the ship earned the COMSUBRON SEVEN Battle “E” in 2003 and 2005, the Engineering “E” in 2003, and the CNO Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for 2003.
In April 2008 Captain Friedman reported aboard USS PENNSYLVANIA (BLUE) (SSBN 735) as Executive Officer. While onboard, he completed three strategic deterrent patrols and commenced an extended refueling overhaul period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During his tour PENNSYLVANIA earned the 2009 COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN Battle Efficiency “E” and the Navy League Outstanding Trident Performance Award.
In October 2012 he assumed command of USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771). He completed an Eastern Pacific deployment, a Western Pacific deployment, and two drydocking maintenance periods, including a dual-media discharge. Under his command, the ship earned the 2014 COMSUBRON SEVEN Battle “E”, the Engineering “E” and the CNO Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. In January 2016, he assumed command of the USS OKLAHOMA CITY. While in command, he commenced an intermediate drydocking that included a dual-media discharge.
Captain Friedman’s shore duty assignments include Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, New York as a staff instructor; Commander, Submarine Squadron SEVEN as the material officer; Naval Reactors as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Officer Policies and Plans; Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific as the Senior Member of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation team and most recently Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command as the Director for Sensitive Activities.
Captain Friedman is currently serving as Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 in San Diego.
Captain Friedman’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).