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U.S.S. RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
|RADM Arlington "Arlie" CAMPBELL, USN, Retired
The Second Commanding Officer Of
U.S.S RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
April 1977 - August 1979
Rear Admiral Arlington F. Campbell, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Arlington Campbell from Weirton, West
Virginia, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961. Following completion of Nuclear Power School at
New London, CT, propulsion plant practical training at the S1C reactor prototype in Windsor, Connecticut and
Submarine School in New London, Connecticut, he reported to the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (SSBN-600)
BLUE in March 1963, where he completed five Polaris patrols and a 19 month overhaul/conversion and
qualified in submarines and as an Engineer Officer. He reported to USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643)
GOLD in January 1967 and completed 4 Polaris patrols while serving as the Engineer Officer. He reported to
USS FINBACK (SSN-670) in July 1970 and served as Navigator and Operations Officer. Following the
Command Weapons Systems Orientation course in March 1972, he reported to USS CASIMIR PULASKI
(SSBN-643) GOLD as the Executive Officer, where he completed 4 Poseidon patrols and completed command
qualification. In May 1974 he was assigned to the Naval Sea Systems Command (Code 08) for duty as the
Assistant for Nuclear Trained Enlisted Personnel Matters. After that tour, he completed Prospective
Commanding Officer training at Naval Reactors and at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Rear Admiral Campbell relieved as Commanding Officer, USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) in April 1977.
After two and one-half years in command, he attended several TRIDENT Class submarine design courses and
reported in January 1980 to the Pre-commissioning Unit of the first TRIDENT submarine, USS OHIO. At
commissioning on November 11, 1981, he became the first Commanding Officer of the GOLD crew.
On board OHIO, he completed shakedown operations, post shakedown availability, the transit to the Pacific Ocean, initial strategic missile
loadout and the first GOLD crew TRIDENT deterrent patrol.
In July 1983, he relieved as Commander Submarine Squadron EIGHTEEN, a Fleet Ballistic Submarine Squadron home ported in Charleston,
South Carolina. He became the Deputy Director, Attack Submarine Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in May 1984. He was
selected for promotion to Rear Admiral in November 1985. Following completion of the CAPSTONE Course for junior flag officers at the
Institute for Higher Defense Studies at the National Defense University, he relieved as Commander Submarine Group 6 at Charleston, South
Carolina. In January 1989, he was assigned additional duty as the first Commander Submarine Group TEN, the east coast Trident submarine
group at King’s Bay, Georgia. He was the Senior Officer Present Afloat (SOPA) during Hurricane HUGO. He was relieved of these duties in
July 1990 and reported to the Defense Communications Agency (DCA) for duty as the Vice Director. In 1991, DCA expanded and became the
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and he became it’s first Deputy Director. He retired from active duty in June 1994. In the
business world, he was a Vice President for an information systems company.
Mrs. Campbell is the former Bonnie Lee Jackson of Weirton, West Virginia. The Campbell’s have a son, William, a graduate of the University
of Washington, and a daughter, Caroline, a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD. She is married to LCDR Oliver T. Lewis, USN, who is
currently serving as the Engineer Officer of the USS Pittsburgh (SSN720).
Rear Admiral Campbell has received the following individual and unit awards: Defense Distinguished Services Medal, Legion of Merit (5
Awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (Two), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle
Efficiency “E”, Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Sea Service
Deployment Ribbon (2 Awards).