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USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
CDR Lee joined the Navy in 1986 after studying both chemistry and physics at
DePaul University, the University of Arizona, and Oak Ridge National
Laboratory.  Upon completion of Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island,
and initial Naval Nuclear Propulsion training in Idaho, he served as a division
officer onboard USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN 687). There, he deployed on
five mid-Pacific deployments.
 

In 1990, he received a brief assignment to the National Geographic Society
expedition that located and surveyed the German battleship
BISMARCK in
the North Atlantic Ocean. He was subsequently assigned as a project
engineer in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

CDR Lee reported as Navigator onboard USS HONOLULU (SSN 718) in 1993,
completing western and eastern Pacific deployments, as well as an
extensive ship’s modernization period with that ship. He was then assigned
as the Special Technical Operations Officer to Commander Pacific Fleet in
1996. His most recent sea duty as Executive Officer in USS MICHIGAN (SSBN
727 BLUE) spanned three strategic patrols, serving until 2001.

CDR Lee arrives to relieve as Commanding Officer USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731
GOLD) from duty in Joint Plans and Operations Division in Supreme Allied
Command Europe and as NATO Liaison Officer to U. S. European Command.

CDR Lee has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy
Meritorious Service Medal, five awards of the Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal, two awards of the Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal and several unit and service awards.
CDR MELVIN E. LEE, USN
United States Navy
USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731)
GOLD