CDR Michael A. FARMER, USN
The Third Commanding Officer Of
U.S.S. RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
August 1979 - November 1983
Biography as of the time Commander Michael A. Farmer, USN
assumed command of USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
A native of Portland, Oregon, Commander Michael A. Farmer attended
Oregon State College for two years and then the U.S. Naval Academy from
which he graduated in 1964.  Following graduation, he taught the summer
engineering course at the Naval Academy before reporting to Nuclear
Power School at Mare Island, California.

Upon completion of  Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Propulsion training in
Idaho Falls, Idaho and Submarine School at New London in 1966,
Commander Farmer served four deterrent patrols aboard USS
STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN-634), then homeported in Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii as the Main Propulsion Assistant and Supply Officer.  From 1968 to
1973, he served as Engineer Officer aboard USS GEORGE BANCROFT
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U.S.S. RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
(SSBN-643) while the ship was homeported in New London, Connecticut, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire and then Charleston, South Carolina.  In 1973, he reported as the Material Officer on the
Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Sixteen in Rota, Spain and served there until early 1976.  
From 1976 through 1978, Commander Farmer served as Executive Officer of USS TREPANG
(SSN-674), homeported in New London, Connecticut.

Commander Farmer reported aboard USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) following training at
the Division of Naval Reactors, Department of Energy and at the Headquarters of Commander
Submarine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Commander Farmer is married to the former Nancy Louise Coyner.  With their son, Wayne, they
reside in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.