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Captain Michael A. Hegarty, USN Commanding Officer

The son of Master Chief Petty Officer and Marianna Hegarty, Captain Mike Hegarty enlisted in the United States Navy in 1976 immediately after High School. Initially serving in USS TREPANG (SSN-674), a fast attack submarine, he afterwards instructed at Basic Enlisted Submarine School. During this time frame, he promoted to Chief Petty Officer, attained a B.A. in Education from Southern Illinois University, and received a commission as an Engineering LDO.

Initial sea tours following commissioning include Boilers Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2); Assistant Material Officer on COMDESRON TWELVE staff and Chief Engineer in USS PAUL (FF-1080).

After re-designating as a Surface Warfare Officer and following Department Head School, he served as Chief Engineer in USS LEAHY (CG-16), Chief Engineer in USS ENGLAND (CG-22), Weapons Officer on COMDESRON SEVENTEEN staff and Combat Systems Officer on COMDESRON EIGHTEEN staff.

Command tours include USS DEXTROUS (MCM-13) (FDNF in Bahrain), Commissioning CO of USS NITZE (DDG-94) and USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62).

Tours ashore include Combat Systems Instructor at Department head school (SWOS); Student at the Naval War College (M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies); Head Surface Placement Officer at Naval Personnel Command in Millington TN; an IA in Baghdad and Basra in support of OIF; Deputy Chief Readiness Officer and N6 for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic; and Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific Fleet.

Personal awards include: Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (8), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3).

He reported to Maine Maritime Academy June 2012.

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