Submarine Squadron 17


Bangor, WA
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Captain Charles McLenithan


Capt Charles McLenithan

Commander, Submarine Squadron 17

Captain McLenithan, a native of Sanger, California, earned his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. His post-graduate education includes a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His operational tours include Junior Officer on USS NEVADA (SSBN 733B), USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772) and USS BUFFALO (SSN-715), Combat Systems Officer on USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762), Executive Officer on USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743G) and Commanding Officer of USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734B). He completed two SSN deployments to the Western Pacific as well as ten Strategic Deterrent Patrols in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His staff assignments include COMSUBPAC MIDN Training officer, Deputy Director for Strategic Forces at COMSUBPAC, COMSUBLANT Combat Readiness Evaluation Team Senior Member, Director for Strategic Forces at COMSUBLANT and Director of Operations for the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander – Strategic.

Captain McLenithan proudly served on teams that were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency ‘E’ and Arleigh Burke Award.