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"Perspective on current U.S. Navy strategy, undersea capabilities and the Submarine Force in San Diego."

  • May 07, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd
  • 103


  • Free for SDWAC members

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

San Diego World Affairs Council

a 501(C)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization

is pleased to welcome

Captain Christopher J. Cavanaugh 

Commander, Submarine Squadron 11

to present:

"Perspective on current U.S. Navy strategy, undersea capabilities and the Submarine Force in San Diego." 
Captain Cavanaugh will provide his perspective on the role of the U.S. Navy and the Submarine Force in the context of great power competition.  He will also provide an overview of Submarine Squadron 11 in San Diego, which consists of five Los Angeles-class submarines, a floating dry-dock, and the Navy's only undersea rescue unit.  Given his unique responsibilities for undersea rescue, Captain Cavanaugh was the senior U.S. naval officer in Argentina in the winter of 2017 during the search for the missing submarine, ARA San Juan; he will discuss that experience.  Of note, Captain Cavanaugh's views are his own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense or U.S. Navy.

About our Speaker

Captain Chris Cavanaugh graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After commissioning, he attended UC Berkeley and earned a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering. He later earned a master's in Foreign Affairs from the Catholic University of America and was selected as a MIT Seminar XXI fellow. 

His sea duty assignments include serving as a Division Officer, Engineer, and Executive Officer. He commanded the USS Albuquerque, completing two Western Pacific deployments that earned Navy Unit Commendation and was awarded the COMSUBRON ELEVEN Battle Efficiency "E" for 2013. 

His shore assignments include serving in the Strategy and Policy Division for the Chief of Naval Operations, as Squadron Engineer, as the Submarine Executive Officer/Post-Executive Officer detailer at Navy Personnel Command and as Deputy Director for Nuclear Propulsion Programs for the Chief of Naval Personnel. Most recently, he was the Program and Budget Branch Chief for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

Captain Cavanaugh is currently serving as Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 in San Diego. During this assignment his squadron deployed to Argentina to lead search and rescue efforts for a missing submarine. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd

La Jolla, CA 92037

Complimentary parking on the National University campus


Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30

Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00


Free for SDWAC Members

$10 for Non-Members

$5 for Student with ID

*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community.


Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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