USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)

Submarine Squadron 17

Bangor, WA
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Commander Emil D’Innocenzo

Commanding Officer, Blue Crew, USS Kentucky

Commander Emil D’Innocenzo of Eaton, Colorado graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2004. He was commissioned in 2005 after completion of Officer Candidate School.

At sea, he completed his Division Officer tour on USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) during the ship’s Engineered Refueling Overhaul. During his Engineer Officer tour on USS NORFOLK (SSN 714), the ship completed two CENTCOM deployments and earned a Battle Efficiency “E”. During his Executive Officer tour on the forward-deployed USS TOPEKA (SSN 754), the ship completed three Western Pacific deployments. He is a graduate of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Command Course (Perisher).

Ashore, he served as Submarine Operations Officer at Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, Flag Aide to Naval Reactors, and as a Naval Analyst. He most recently completed an assignment on the Joint Staff, J8 as a Naval Analyst.

Commander D’Innocenzo’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit and campaign awards.