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USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)

CAPT. Kavon Hakimzadeh, USN
Commanding Officer

Captain Kavon "Hak" Hakimzadeh enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Petal, Mississippi in January 1987. He completed Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL before earning an NROTC scholarship in 1988. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned in May 1992.

After designation as an E-2 Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer, Captain Hakimzadeh joined the Tigertails of VAW-125 for his initial sea tour. Additional sea duty assignments include Carrier Group Eight as Flag Lieutenant, VAW-123 Screwtops as a department head and VAW-126 Seahawks as executive officer and commanding officer. These tours included multiple deployments embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

He served ashore with the VAW-120 Greyhawks as an FRS instructor, as a student at the Naval War College, and duty under instruction as an Arthur S. Moreau fellow. Additionally, he completed three Pentagon assignments with the Joint Staff (J-3) readiness division, SOUTHCOM Washington field office and OPNAV N00X and N9I as a strike warfare analyst and assessment branch head.

Captain Hakimzadeh holds Masters Degrees from Old Dominion University, the Naval War College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and has completed the Aviation Nuclear Officer training pipeline.

His most recent assignment was as Executive Officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from October 2014 to August 2016.

Captain Hakimzadeh has accumulated over 3,100 flight hours and 815 carrier arrested landings, His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal among other personal and unit awards.

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