Meet the Crew

CDR Michael D. Fisher

Commanding Officer

CDR Fisher is a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

CDR Fisher served as Electrical Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Assistant Combat Systems Officer, and Assistant Engineer on USS NORFOLK (SSN 714) during an engineered refueling overhaul and subsequent certifications. He also served aboard NORFOLK as Navigator and Operations Officer and later as Engineer Officer. He was Executive Officer of USS BOISE (SSN 764) when the crew earned the Battle Efficiency “E” and a Navy Unit Commendation. He has completed three Central Command deployments.

Ashore, CDR Fisher served at NAVSEA PMS 392 providing in-service submarine support; on the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; at Naval Reactors' “Line Locker” as the Assistant for Enlisted Plans, Policy, and Training; and most recently as the Deputy Commander for Readiness at Submarine Squadron ONE.

LCDR John R. Pepin

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander John Pepin, a native of Roseville, MN, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 2006 as a Bowman Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

His first sea tour as a division officer was aboard USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761) from November 2007 to December 2010; while aboard SPRINGFIELD deployed to U.S. Central Command and was awarded the Battle "E" in Submarine Squadron 2 for 2009. For his department head tour, he served as the Navigator/Operations Officer on USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728) (GOLD) from November 2013 to May 2016. His crew completed two deployed operations periods for U.S. Africa Command and FLORIDA was awarded the Battle “E”, in Submarine Squadron 16 for 2015 and 2016. LCDR Pepin relieved as Executive Officer of USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) in March of 2019.

His shore duty assignments include flag aide to the deputy commander, Naval Special Warfare Command; Submarine Liaison Officer, Fleet Liaison Officer for Naval Special Warfare
Development Group; and Special Operations Officer for commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Task Force 14, Task Force 34.

LCDR Pepin's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other service awards. He also served on teams that were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Navy Unit Commendation.

Lieutenant Commander Pepin is married to Meagan Nadal of Long Beach, CA.

ETVCM(SS) Christopher Martell

Chief of the Boat

Master Chief Martell was born and raised in Ben Wheeler, Texas. After graduating from Van High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1995. He attended basic training in Great Lakes, IL. Master Chief Martell completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Electronics Technician “A” school in Groton, CT.

In May 1996, he reported to USS TOLEDO (SSN 769) in Groton, CT. As a member of the Navigation division, he made three Mediterranean deployments. In May 2000, he attended Electronic Technician “C” school, then reported back to the USS TOLEDO to support a Mediterranean deployment and a Northern deployment. He qualified Chief of the Watch, Duty Chief and Assistant Navigator.

In October 2003, he reported to Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, HI, where he served as the Assistant Submarine Exercise Coordinator for the Hawaiian Region.
In September 2006, he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and reported to MINNEAPOLIS SAINT PAUL (SSN 708) as the Assistant Navigaor. There he completed a Mediterranean deployment and a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI.

In April 2007, he reported to USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) in Pearl Harbor where he served as the Assistant Navigator and the Navigation Department Enlisted Advisor. He made three Western Pacific deployments and a CENTCOM deployment.

In October 2013, he received orders to COMSUBPAC Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team, Pearl Harbor, where he served as the Navigation Subject Matter Expert. He attended the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 200 RED) and the COB/CMC course.

In November 2016, he reported to USS GREENVILLE (SSN 772) in Pearl Harbor, where he currently serves as the Chief of the Boat. He made 1 Western Pacific deployment.

Master Chief Martell is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (9 awards), Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

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