Commanding officer of the Navy’s USS Bataan (LHD 5), Capt. John “JC” Carter of Hampton Bays, and his crew have returned to New York for Fleet Week 2016, starting Wednesday May 25 and continuing through Tuesday, May 31, the day after Memorial Day.
In the video above, Capt. Carter and his men give a Fleet Week New York shoutout from aboard the USS Bataan—a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship commissioned in 1997, and “one of our nation’s greatest warships.
The ship is named in honor of the U.S. defense of the Bataan Peninsula on Manila Bay in the Philippines during the early days of America’s involvement in World War II, and it’s the U.S. Navy’s first amphibious assault ship designed and built with accommodations for female sailors.
Capt. Carter has commanded three United States Navy ships, including the rescue and salvage ship USS Salvor (ARS-52) from 2001–2003, guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) from 2006–2008 and, of course, he’s commanded amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) since 2014. Capt. Carter has deployed to the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean, and ships he has commanded have been awarded four Battle E’s, 24 warfare E’s, four Golden Anchors, four CNO Safety Awards, Secretary of the Navy Safety Award and the NEY award. They’ve also been selected twice as the U.S. Navy Surface Forces Atlantic’s (SURFLANT) Battenberg Cup nominee.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).
He has served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Operation Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, Operation Enduring Freedom, and JTF-RNC.
To find out more about Fleet Week New York 2016, visit fleetweeknewyork.com.