Submarine Squadron 19


Bangor, WA
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Captain Richard Massie


Commander, Submarine Squadron 19

Capt Richard Massie

Captain Rich Massie most recently served as Chief, Nuclear Enterprise Division, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where he was responsible for the command, control, and oversight of United States nuclear forces in Europe. He previously served as Deputy Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 and Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron 19.

Captain Massie commanded USS MAINE (SSBN 741)(GOLD) from June 2010 through October 2013. During his tour, MAINE completed five strategic deterrent patrols, earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Olympic Bowl Trophy, and the Submarine Squadron 17 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award. He is the 2013 Pacific Fleet recipient of the VADM James Bond Stockdale Award.

As executive officer aboard USS OHIO (SSGN 726)(BLUE), Captain Massie helped plan and execute the first deployment of an OHIO-Class guided missile and special forces submarine. During his tenure, OHIO earned the Submarine Squadron 19 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

He served as submarine operations officer for Commander, Nimitz Strike Group, which earned a Navy Unit Citation during the initial phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as navigator/operations officer aboard USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) and as a division officer aboard USS HELENA (SSN 725). His service ashore includes duty as a fleet evaluator at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego, California.

Captain Massie is a graduate of the Royal Netherlands Submarine Command Course, the qualifying course for diesel submarine captains from Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, as well as a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College, Washington, DC.