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USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
COMMANDING OFFICER, USS HAMPTON (SSN-767)
CDR CHRISTOPHER L. STATHOS, UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Stathos graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977 with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. Following graduation he
attended Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, nuclear prototype training
in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and Basic Submarine Officer Training in New
In March 1979, Commander Stathos reported onboard USS TULLIBEE (SSN 597).
He served as Electrical Officer, Reactor Controls Assistant and as Weapons
Officer. After completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in New
London, he was assigned as Engineer Officer of USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL
(SSN 687) in July 1983. During this tour, the ship completed a two year ocean
engineering conversion, completed its first Pacific deployment, and was
awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Battle “E”. In July 1987, he
reported to Submarine Squadron Twenty Two in LaMaddalena, Italy as
Squadron Engineer and Material Officer, where he managed refits for both
submarines and surface ships deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.
Following completion of Prospective Executive Officer School in October 1989,
Commander Stathos relieved as Executive Officer of USS GEORGIA (SSBN 729)
(BLUE) and completed three strategic deterrent patrols. In March 1992, he
reported to the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff in Omaha, Nebraska and was assigned to the Provisional
Staff in U.S. Strategic Command. With the standup of U.S. Strategic Command in June of 1992, he assumed
duties in the Operations and Logistics Directorate (J31J4) as Chief, Current Operations Missile Branch.
Commander Stathos commanded USS CINCINNATI (SSN 693) from October 1994 until the ship’s decommissioning in July
1995. His most recent assignment was Deputy Commander for Training on the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron
Eleven in San Diego, California.
Commander Stathos’ awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service
Medal (Three Awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (Three Awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (Two Awards).
He is married to the former Marylee McGee of Laurel, Delaware. They have two daughters, Shannen and Rebecca, and
reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.