RDML Chase D. Patrick – USN

34th Commandant

Rear Adm. Chase D. Patrick is a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, and a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he earned his commission through the Naval ROTC program. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs.

Patrick’s series of operational assignments started in USS Lake Erie (CG 70) in May 1995 as electrical officer, and in July 1997 he reported to his second sea tour as Auxiliaries Officer in USS Crommelin (FFG 37). After completion of Department Head School at Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported in September 2001 to USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) as the engineer officer. In April 2003, he reported to USS Port Royal (CG 73) for his second Engineer Officer tour.

Patrick was later assigned as executive officer in USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) beginning in October 2007, and in April 2010 assumed command of USS Chafee (DDG 90). In June 2016, Patrick reported for duties as deputy commander in Destroyer Squadron 50 and Task Force 55 in U. S. Naval Central Command in Manama, Bahrain, and in April 2017 he fleeted up to assume commander duties.

For education tours, Patrick earned a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in September 2001. In June 2007, he earned a Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College, in Quantico, Virginia. His shore duty assignments included two tours in Navy Manpower in Millington, Tennessee, in the Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignments branch of PERS-41, and later, as Surface Warfare Officer Community manager in BUPERS-3. In July 2014 he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he developed studies and cost estimate analyses concerning overseas joint forces and bases while assigned as an operations research analyst in the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). In June 2018, Patrick assumed duties as deputy director in OPNAV N13, Military Personnel Plans and Policy, in Arlington, Virginia. In January 2020, he reported as Director, Navy Senate Liaison Office, located on Capitol Hill.

He reported for his first flag officer assignment in June 2022 as Director, Maritime Headquarters, under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa and U.S. 6th Fleet, located in Naples, Italy. In the fall of 2023 he fleeted up to assume duties as Deputy Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

Patrick’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards. In 2012, he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership in recognition of his performance in USS Chafee (DDG 90). He considers those awards earned throughout his career associated with unit performance to be most satisfying and representative of naval service.