Captain Kenneth M. Curtin Jr. became the 53rd Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., in September 2021.
While the installation’s history dates back to 1868, Naval Submarine Base New London was designated the Navy’s first, permanent continental Submarine Base in June 1916. Today, the base occupies more than 680 acres straddling the communities of Groton and Ledyard, Connecticut and serves as home to more than 70 tenant commands and 16 attack submarines.
A native of Yonkers, NY, Captain Ken Curtin enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and spent his first nine years of service in the enlisted ranks on board USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN-645)(B) and at Naval Submarine School.
In 1994, Captain Curtin was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and his commission in 1997.
Following his commission, Captain Curtin’s sea tours have included USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705), USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN-740)(G), and USS DALLAS (SSN-700). He commanded USS WYOMING (SSBN-742)(G), leading the submarine and crew in earning the 2015 U.S. Strategic Command Omaha Trophy and the 2015 Submarine Squadron Twenty Battle “E”.
Captain Curtin’s shore assignments have included the Naval Postgraduate School, National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) at U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Naval War College, Naval Submarine School, and serving as the Deputy Director of the Undersea Warfighting Development Center’s Tactical Analysis Group. His most recent assignment was as the Submarine Force Atlantic, Prospective Commanding officer (PCO) Instructor, where he was responsible to the Commander for training and certifying all Submarine Force prospective Commanding and Executive Officers.
Captain Curtin’s naval service spans more than thirty-five years, and he is authorized to wear the following awards: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3 awards), Naval Aviation Observer Wings, and several unit and service awards.
Last Updated: 14 March 2022