CAPT Henry Kim

Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3 (CPR 3)

20 April 2021
Photo By: CNSP
VIRIN: 210421-N-N0831-0005
Capt. Kim is a native of Los Angeles, California, and was commissioned in 1996 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) NROTC program with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Specializing in East Asia, he gained fluency in Korean and Japanese.

At sea, he served as Damage Control Assistant onboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) taking part in one of the Navy’s first ballistic missile defense capability upgrades and conducting maritime interdiction operations in the Arabian Gulf. He next served onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) enforcing the no-fly zone and supporting U.N. sanctions against the Saddam regime. Kim returned to sea as Chief Engineer onboard USS Vandergrift (FFG 48), forward deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet, participating in regional maritime defense operations with the Republic of Korea Navy and the Japanese Maritime SelfDefense Force. He was then assigned as Executive Officer of Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Crew Constant, completing two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

From November 2012 until April 2014, Kim served as Commanding Officer of USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in San Diego. During his command tour, he developed tactics for the Navy’s first gun module system and hosted the Chinese Chief of Naval Operations onboard at sea.

Ashore, he served as Aide de Camp to Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, Singapore; the U.S. 5th Fleet Regional Director for Theater Security Cooperation in Bahrain; Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, Florida; Assistant Chief of Staff for Analysis and Experimentation at the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, San Diego; Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Busan, South Korea; and Commander, Mine Division TWELVE, San Diego.

He is currently serving as Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE.

Capt. Kim completed a National Security fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a dual Master’s Degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master’s Degree in Defense Systems and Technology from the National University of Singapore. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and various service and unit awards


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