Commander Hancock

Commanding Officer, USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

15 September 2019
CDR Hancock
CDR Hancock
CDR Hancock
CDR Hancock
CDR Hancock
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VIRIN: 210128-N-N0831-0010
Commander Hancock is the first Commanding Officer in PCU FRANK E PETERSEN JR (DDG 121). As the commissioning Captain, he will lead her through delivery and commissioning, and sail her to her homeport in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Most recently he served afloat as Executive Officer in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) from June 2016 to February 2018.

As a Division Officer, he served in USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) as Damage Control Assistant and in USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) as Electrical Officer, Auxiliaries Officer, and Assistant Chief Engineer. In his first department head assignment he served as Engineer Officer in USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99). In FARRAGUT he screened for Early Command. As a Second Tour Department Head he served as Engineer Officer in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) from 2012-2013.

In 2013 he was recognized by RADM Gumataotao, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, as Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT Junior Officer Tactician of the Year. He has completed six deployments sailing in all fleets, most notably in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE.
Commander Hancock is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he majored in Political Science. He is a 2008 graduate of Naval Postgraduate School and holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies, Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa, earning distinction for his thesis. In 2009, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute where he studied Modern Standard Arabic. He is recognized as a regional specialist and an Arabic linguist. 

Ashore, he served on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in the N03 Maritime Operations Directorate. While at CNSP, he screened for Commander Command at Sea. Most recently he served ashore as Executive Officer, Afloat Training Group Mayport.

Commander Hancock’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (2 awards), and various unit commendations.


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