CDR Chris Addington

Executive Officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion & Repair, Gulf Coast

A native of Orlando, Fla., CDR Addington was commissioned in the U.S. Navy through the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from Naval Post Graduate School (NPS).

After Surface Warfare Officers school, he reported to USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29) as the Communications Officer. While on the GROVES he completed two counter-drug deployments in the Eastern Pacific and qualified as Surface Warfare Officer. Later, he reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) MOMSEN (DDG 92) as the Fire Control Officer, where he took part in accepting and commissioning the USS MOMSEN.

After his junior officer tours, CDR Addington was selected for lateral transfer into the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community. Upon receiving his degree from Naval Post Graduate School, he was given orders to report to Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center for dive and salvage training, and then to his EDO qualification tour at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC), San Diego.

While at SWRMC, he qualified Engineering Duty Officer and served as lead Project Officer for USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Planned Incremental Availability.  As a Qualified EDO, he volunteered for a year-long Individual Augmentation (IA) tour in Iraq, working as the Officer in Charge for the US Army Corps of Engineers Project Office for Southern Iraq reconstruction. He led Basrah’s Resident Office in construction management and contract administration of 18 projects centered on rebuilding Southern Iraqi infrastructure in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

CDR Addington later reported to Naval Sea Systems Command, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving as the Assistant for Salvage. While at SUPSALV, CDR Addington was Officer in Charge on five deep-ocean search and recovery missions and three ship salvage operations, most notably the salvage of the Ex-USS GUARDIAN. He also managed disaster responses such as Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy, where he led salvage teams in the dewatering of 10 New York City subway tunnels.

In 2015, he joined the Navy’s toughest ship construction program at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast and where he lead the LCS production team in assuring that completion of critical production milestones are accomplished aboard eight LCS-2 class vessels. In August 2019, he was selected as the Executive Officer.

CDR Addington’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and other individual and unit awards.