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CDR Parina Somnhot

Commanding Officer, USS Kidd (DDG 100)

22 November 2022
Commander Parina Somnhot
Commander Parina Somnhot
Commander Parina Somnhot
Commander Parina Somnhot
Commander Parina Somnhot
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VIRIN: 221123-N-N0831-0001
Commander Parina Somnhot is a native of Fairfax, Virginia. She studied Print Journalism and International Relations at Boston University, where she received her commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 2005. 

Commander Somnhot completed her Division Officer tours in USS WASP (LHD 1), where she was assigned to engineering and combat systems departments, and USS MOMSEN (DDG 92), where she served as Fire Control Officer. As a Department Head, she completed tours as Operations Officer in USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) and USS HUÉ CITY (CG 66). Following her Department Head tours, she commanded USS TYPHOON (PC 5) while forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. She most recently served as Executive Officer in USS KIDD (DDG 100). She has deployed to every fleet area of operation, supporting Joint Task Force Lebanon, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. 

Ashore Commander Somnhot earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She also served as the Operations Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific in Yokosuka, Japan.

Commander Somnhot’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.



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