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Ship's Captain

Commander Edward B. Seal

United States Navy


Commander Edward B. Seal is a 1983 graduate of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was commissioned in 1983 via the NROTC program.

Following commissioning and completion of nuclear power training, Commander Seal reported to USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN 695) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served from November 1984 to November 1987. During this tour he qualified in submarines and as Engineer Officer, and completed a Western Pacific deployment. He then reported to NROTC Unit, University of Illinois, serving as Sophomore Class Advisor from December 1987 until January 1990. While there he earned his Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, and received the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award for Outstanding ROTC Instructor for 1989.

Commander Seal reported to USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), where as a plankowner he served as Engineer Officer from August 1990 until September 1993. During this tour he completed the new construction period, demonstration and shakedown operations, a post shakedown availability and two strategic deterrent patrols from Kings Bay, Georgia. He then reported to Commander, Submarine Squadron TWENTY, serving as Material Officer from October 1993 until February 1996.

He then served as Executive Officer of USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678) from April 1996 to April 1998. During this tour he completed a Mediterranean deployment, Science Ice Exercise 97, and the ship's decommissioning. He then reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, serving as the Oceanographic Research Station Detachment Officer from June 1998 to June 2000.

Commander Seal's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.


Previous captains of Kamehameha:

Blue Crew

R. S. Leddick

December 1965 - July 1967

F. W. Kelly

July 1967 - September 1970

L. D. Nace

September 1970 - September 1974 (also Gold)

R. J. Noreika

September 1974 - March 1978

D. Porter

March 1978 - April 1980

E. R. Linz

April 1980 - May 1981 (also Gold)

R. W. Krom

July 1981 - February 1985 (also Gold)

J. H. Almy, Jr.

March 1985 - March 1986

C. S. Wunsch

June 1986 - December 1989 (also Gold)

D. S. Keefe

December 1989 - January 1992

Gold Crew

R. W. Dickieson

December 1965 - August 1968

J.A. Sagerholm

August 1968 - July 1971

L. D. Nace

July 1971 - October 1972 (also Blue)

T. R. Fox

October 1972 - February 1975

G. W. Davis VI

February 1975 - July 1978

J. A. MacCregor

July 1978 - February 1981

E. R. Linz

February 1981 - May 1981 (also Blue)

L. L. Schmeling

May 1981 - July 1981

R. W. Krom

July 1981 - December 1982 (also Blue)

L. M. Jacobi

December 1982 - February 1986

C. S. Wunsch

February 1986 - December 1989 (also Blue)

G. F. Kindel

December 1989 - August 1992

One Crew

R. M. Eichelberger

August 1992 - May 1995

H. F. Reese

May 1995 - September 1998

Derek H. Hesse

September 1998 - January 2001

Edward B. Seal

January 2001 -

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