Captain Andrew Hoffman is the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD). Under his charge, he leads more than 2,600 Sailors, Navy civilians, and contractors, supporting the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense stakeholders, and allied forces to ensure combat readiness and effectiveness for the fleet and warfighter pursuant to national defense strategy and Naval Sea Systems Command strategic alignment.
In his previous role, Hoffman served as Chief Engineer at NSWC PHD, overseeing the technical rigor and vitality of engineering, test and evaluation, and cybersecurity competencies at the command. Hoffman had returned to Port Hueneme after completing a tour of duty as commanding officer for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division—Dam Neck Activity.
Hoffman is a native of Brandon, Miss. He attended the University of North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in public policy analysis, and was commissioned in 1999. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a Master of Science in applied physics in 2006.
He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Cardinal (MHC 85) as the operations officer and then was assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit McCampbell (DDG 85) as the land attack warfare officer. While serving as the surface operations officer assigned to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, he was selected for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community.
Hoffman has served in numerous leadership and acquisition engineering positions ashore, to include Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trials project officer at NSWC PHD; type desk officer for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific; EDO community manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel; officer-in-charge, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Detachment Middle East; and principal assistant to the program manager for Aegis development at Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems.