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Cmdr. Christina D. Carino

Commanding Officer, NSWCDD DNA

Commander Christina D. Carino is the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Dam Neck Activity (DNA) in Virginia Beach, VA, where she assumed command on June 29, 2022.

Carino is a native of Ringtown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. While at USNA, she was selected for the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) Option Program. Upon commissioning, Carino reported to USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) where she served as the Weapons and Operations Intelligence Division Officer. She completed a temporary duty assignment on USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) to earn her surface warfare qualification while LSD 42 was in an extended maintenance availability. Carino graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2012 with a Master of Science in Total Ship Systems Engineering. 

After completing EDO Basic School, she reported to her EDO qualification tour at Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, and served as the Assistant Project Officer for USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78). She then reported to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic where she served as the C5I Modernization Officer until May 2017. In June 2017, she reported to Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems 2.0 where she served as the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical Dazzling and Surveillance (HELIOS) Assistant Program Manager. Prior to assuming command of DNA, Carino served in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Ships as Director of Electronic Warfare, Above Water Sensors and Combat Systems portfolios.

Carino’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Additionally, Carino has been an active member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and has served as Fleet Liaison, Deputy Chairman, and Chairman of the Tidewater Section of ASNE. She was also a member of Cohort 3 of the Engineering Duty Guiding Coalition (EDGC). Carino was selected for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy RDA SIGMA program in 2019.