Cmdr. Howard Meehan relieved Cmdr. Chris Marvin as commanding officer of USS Detroit Gold in a ceremony held at the Mayport Beacon on July 20.

Meehan is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He holds a Master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School.    

At sea, his assignments include Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer in USS Pioneer (MCM 9), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Germantown (LSD 42), Chief Engineer in USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), and Combat Systems Officer in USS Sterett (DDG 104).     

Ashore, he served as an instructor for Department Head School at the Surface Warfare Officers School and as the Port Operations Officer in Naval Station Rota, Spain. 

Commander Meehan most recently served as Executive officer in USS Detroit (LCS 7) Gold crew based in Mayport, Florida.

Marvin was raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended The Pennsylvania State University graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology.  In November 1997 he entered Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned in March of 1998. His first sea tour of duty was aboard USS John Young (DD-973) in San Diego, California where he served as the Deck Officer from 1999 to 2001. In November 2001, he reported to USS Blackhawk (MHC-58) in Ingleside, Texas as the Engineer Officer and served on Blackhawk from 2001 to 2003.  Following his initial sea duty tours, Chris attended The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California earning a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.

In June 2006, Commander Marvin reported as the Engineer Officer aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) where and deployed to the North Arabian Gulf to conduct oil platform defense in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In subsequent sea tours he served as the Engineer Officer aboard USS Chosin (CG-65) in Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Executive Officer aboard USS Halyburton (FFG-40) in Mayport, Florida and most recently as Executive Officer aboard USS Somerset (LPD-25) in San Diego, California.

In addition to his shore tour at the Naval Postgraduate School, Commander Marvin also served ashore on the Commander Naval Surface Force Staff in the N8 Directorate from 2009 to 2011 followed by a one-year tour of duty on the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa Staff in Djibouti, Africa.