Our Crew

 Captain Douglas V.Gordon

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Captain Douglas V. 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, Nicholas, and Benjamin.

Lieutenant Commander Cameron Aljilani, Executive Officer

Chief Of the Boat Todd Estes


The Sailors

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


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