CAPT Spencer P. Austin

Commodore, Mine Division TWELVE (MINEDIV 12)

01 April 2021
Captain Spencer P. Austin
Captain Spencer P. Austin
Captain Spencer P. Austin
Captain Spencer P. Austin
Captain Spencer P. Austin
Photo By: CNSP
VIRIN: 210401-N-N0831-0006
Capt. Spencer P. Austin is a native of Knotts Island, North Carolina. He earned his commission from North Carolina State University as part of the NROTC program in July 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. 

Austin’s sea duty assignments include communications officer and first lieutenant aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69); navigator aboard USS Taylor (FFG-50); and operations officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65).  Following his selection for early command, he served as executive officer aboard MCM Crew Fearless, embarking USS Chief (MCM 14); and fleeted up to commanding officer aboard USS Ardent (MCM 12); and commanded USS Pioneer (MCM 9), successfully completing several Arabian Gulf deployments and crew swaps. His next afloat tour was as executive officer of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 101 embarked aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), completing a deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. He next served as commanding officer aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and he later served as commanding officer of USS Wichita (LCS 13).  Following that assignment, he served as deputy commodore at Commander, Naval Surface Squadron FIVE in Bahrain.

Ashore, Captain Austin successfully completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also completed a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies while attending the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School at the Naval War College. He served as the Officer Recruiter for Las Vegas as part of Navy Recruiting District, San Diego. He also served as the course coordinator for Surface Warfare Officer School, and as Deputy Director for Sea Combat Division.

Spencer’s most recent assignment was as Commander’s Action Group Director at Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).

His current assignment is commander, Mine Division TWELVE.
 
Guidance-Card-Icon Dept-Exclusive-Card-Icon