Our Crew

Cmdr. Douglas Gordon

Cmdr. Douglas Gordon

Commander Gordon was born in Indianapolis, IN and graduated fromAuburnUniversityin 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He enlisted in the Navy and attended Nuclear Power School prior to being released from active duty to attend Auburn University on an NROTC scholarship.

Following graduation, he completed nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course prior to assignment aboard USS ALBANY (SSN 753) from January 1993 to December 1995. From December 1995 to March 1998 he served on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet as a Command Center Watch Officer and later as the Fleet Intelligence Support Officer.  Commander Gordon went on to be the Engineer Officer in USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743) (Blue) from October 1998 to October 2001 where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols.  He reported in October 2001 to Commander, United States Pacific Fleet, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, where he served as a junior board member on the inspection team.Commander Gordon was assigned as Executive Officer in USS SANTA FE (SSN 763) from February 2004 to December 2005, completing one Western Pacific deployment. He earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University prior to his departure.

Following his tour, he was assigned to Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve as a Deputy Commander for Readiness from January 2006 to July 2006.  Commander Gordon graduated from the Naval War College in June 2007, earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, as well as completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase II.  He served as the Deputy Branch Head for Capability Assessments and Lean Six Sigma (N126) on the OPNAV staff from July 2007 to December 2008.  He then served as Deputy Commander for Readiness on the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen in Guam until July 2011.

Commander Gordon is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, and various other unit awards.

He is married to the former Christine Hinson ofJackson,AL.  They reside in Ledyard, CT with their three boys Christopher (20), Nicholas (15), and Benjamin (10).

Lt. Cmdr. Kristopher Lancaster, Executive Officer

Lt. Cmdr. Lancaster enlisted in the Navy in 1994 in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed the Nuclear Power pipeline and was selected to attend Auburn University in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP). He graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he completed nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course prior to assignment aboard USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue) from July 2001 to July 2004. During his tour, he completed five strategic deterrent patrols.

From Aug. 2004 to Sept. 2006 he served at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. as an Instructor in Aspects of Reactor Plant Operations. During this tour, he completed a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Following completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, Lancaster served on board USS Toledo (SSN 769) as the Combat Systems Officer from Nov. 2007 to March 2011, where he completed a combined AFRICOM/CENTCOM deployment. In July 2011, he reported to the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Ala., where he completed his Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and his second Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.

Lancaster relieved as the Executive Officer onboard Pre-Commissiong Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784) in March 2013 following completion of the Submarine Command Course. He is the second Executive Officer to serve since the command was established.

Lancaster is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various other personal and unit awards.

COB Timothy Preabt

COB Timothy Preabt

As the Senior Enlisted Sailor on board, COB Timothy Preabt will work directly for the Commanding Officer and assist the Executive Officer in all aspects of the submarine’s operations. He will be responsible to the Captain, for maintaining good order and discipline throughout the command. He has the responsibility to provide the Captain with sound judgment on all matters pertinent to the welfare and morale of the crew and their families.

As a second term COB with over 22 years of Naval Service and having just taken the USS Key West through an Extended Overhaul Availability, Preabt knows the challenges of working in the shipyard environment and what is require to balance the command’s mission and the quality of life for the 135 officers and crew of the PCU North Dakota.

He will work along side his Offices and Chief Petty Officers to transform the crew into a motivated, operationally proficient team of Professional Submariners.

The Sailors

The crew of the USS North Dakota photographed at the Christening ceremony on Nov. 2, 2013 in Groton, Conn.

One response to “Our Crew

  • Skip Elefson

    As this is the USS North Dakota – SSN784, it would have been nice to mention that the “COB” Timothy Preabt, is from Mandan, NORTH DAKOTA!

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