The Christening of the USS Delaware

The Boat's Leadership

COMMANDING OFFICER
PCU DELAWARE (SSN 791)
CDR MATTHEW HORTON
UNITED STATES NAVY

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Commander Matthew Horton, a native of West Monroe, Louisiana, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.  Additionally, he holds a Master's of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.

Commander Horton’s operational assignments include service in fast attack and ballistic missile submarines. He completed a Western Pacific deployment as a Division Officer in USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688), Southern Pacific and Northern Atlantic deployments as Engineer Officer in USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN 750), and four strategic deterrent patrols as Executive Officer in USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) (GOLD).

His shore assignments include assignments as an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Junior Board Member on the Fleet Forces Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and as U.S. Strategic Command Task Force ONE FOUR FOUR Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Operations.

Commander Horton’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  Additionally, he has served on commands that have been awarded the US Strategic Command Omaha Trophy for highest performing strategic platform, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and multiple Battle Efficiency "E" awards.

Commander Horton is married to the former Kelly Prince of Norfolk, Virginia, and they have one daughter, Eloise.

 

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PCU DELAWARE (SSN 791)
LCDR JOSHUA HODGE 
UNITED STATES NAVY

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    Lieutenant Commander Hodge, a native of Amarillo, Texas, enlisted into the Nuclear Officer Propulsion Candidate Program in 2002. In 2004, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 2005. 

 

    Since commissioning, his sea tours include serving as the Electrical Assistant, Assistant Weapons Officer, and Assistant Engineer on USS SPRINGFIELD(SSN 761) for two deployments, and Navigator on USS TENNESSEE(SSBN 734)(GOLD) for five strategic deterrent patrols. 

    His staff assignments include being a policy analyst at Navy International Programs Office and serving as a Personnel Exchange Program Officer as United Kingdom’s Deputy for Submarine Operations.  Additionally, LCDR Hodge received an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Naval Postgraduate School and a Masters in Arts in Defense Studies from Kings College London when he attended the United Kingdom’s Joint Advanced Command and Staff College. 

    His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

 

CHIEF OF THE BOAT
PCU DELAWARE (SSN 791)
FTCS(SS/EXW) TRAVIS L. GRAMMER
UNITED STATES NAVY

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Senior Chief Petty Officer, Travis L. Grammer is from Eudora, Kansas a 1996 graduate at Eudora High School. He reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illionis, in July 1996 and began his career in Submarines. He attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School, FT”A,” “C,” “Ops” school, and became a Fire Control Technician in 1997.

He has served in a myriad of sea duty assignments, including USS BILLFISH (SSN 676), USS MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL (SSN 708), USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40), USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705), OSA to Balad, Iraq as the First Sergeant for CJSOAD-AP, and USS HAWAII (SSN 776).

His previous shore tours include service as the Sonar and Fire Control shop 67GS LPO at SIMA SSMD later known as SWRMC in San Diego, California, COMSUBRON ELEVEN as the Staff Fire Control Technician in San Diego, California, and most recently at COMSUBDEVRON FIVE as the staff Fire Control Technician in Bangor, Washington.

He completed five shipboard deployments to the Western Pacific and two Mediterranean shipboard Deployments in support of multiple operations. He also completed an ICEX and an Eastern Pacific operation.

Senior Chief Grammer is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 200/Blue) and COB/CMC (Class 207). He has been awarded the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and various other personal and unit awards.

 

He is married to Stefanie A. Grant of Bartlett, Illinois and has a son, Wyatt L. Grammer.