Capt. Tony Holmes is commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD). In this role, he leads more than 3,000 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 in pursuance of national defense strategy and Naval Sea Systems Command strategic alignment.
Holmes enlisted in the Navy in 1988. After completing Nuclear Field “A” School and Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa in New York, he served as a machinist’s mate on nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Promoted to chief petty officer in 1998, he taught and advised more than 700 students as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, which moved from Orlando to Charleston, South Carolina.
After commissioning as a naval officer, Holmes served as anti-submarine warfare officer and qualified as a surface warfare officer aboard the frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49). He later became an engineering duty officer, serving his qualification tour as ship superintendent of the amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast in New Orleans, Louisiana. In that role, he oversaw the ship’s construction, launch, sea trials and delivery.
Holmes served his individual augmentee tour in Umm Qasr, Iraq, where he worked as project manager for Swift-class 35-meter patrol boats that the U.S. was building for the Iraqi Navy. After his tour in Iraq, Holmes transferred to NSWC PHD, where he served as Land Attack Department officer. His subsequent assignments included project manager and baseline manager at the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office in Dahlgren, Virginia; officer in charge at NSWC PHD’s White Sands Detachment in New Mexico; and commanding officer of Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Virginia.
Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey; a Master of Arts in computer resources/information management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri; and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also certified Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III in program management, engineering, and test and evaluation.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.