A native of Long Island, New York, Commander John-Paul “JP” Mantone graduated from Villanova University and commissioned through the Naval ROTC program in 2003.
His sea tours were as auxiliaries officer aboard USS Doyle (FFG 39) and training officer aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). Following these tours, he served as an exchange officer with the British Royal Navy as a bridge watchkeeper aboard HMS Cornwall (F99), based in Plymouth, United Kingdom. Mantone then served as the chief engineer aboard USS Sampson (DDG 102) and as operations officer aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. Ashore, Mantone attended the U.S. Naval War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies and completed JPME Phase I. He served on the staff of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Policy) and as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and several campaign and unit awards.