Cmdr. Douglas Pratt
Commanding Officer, USS Tucson
Commander Douglas Pratt enlisted in the Navy in December 1994 as a Hospital Corpsman. He served at Naval Hospitals in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX before being selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training Program. In 2001, he graduated from Worcester State College with a B.S. in Natural Science. Following initial training in Charleston, SC (Nuclear Power School and Prototype) and Groton, CT (Submarine Officer's Basic Course), he reported on board USS TUCSON (SSN 770), home-ported in Pearl Harbor, HI as a division officer and conducted a Western Pacific deployment. In November 2005, he transferred to Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Master's degree in Engineering Science.
In April 2008, he completed the Submarine Officer's Advanced Course and reported to USS KEY WEST (SSN 722) as the Weapons Officer. His tour on board included both Western and Eastern Pacific deployments. In November 2010, he transferred to Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN where he served as the Post Department Head Detailer.
In July 2013, he completed the Submarine Command Course and reported as Executive Officer on board USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781) in Groton, CT, serving until October 2015. During his tour, CALIFORNIA completed her first ever EUCOM deployment. Following his tour on CALIFORNIA, he served as the Executive Officer for the Submarine Learning Center in Groton, CT and Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron TWENTY ONE in Manama, Bahrain.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards).