Captain Ian Johnson is a native of Wakefield, Rhode Island. Following his graduation from South Kingstown High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1994. Following commissioning, he completed nuclear power training at Orlando, Florida and Ballston Spa, New York. In 1996, he reported to USS PARCHE (SSN 683) in Bangor, Washington where he served as Electrical Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Damage Control Assistant. During this tour, PARCHE completed three special ocean engineering missions and earned three Battle “E” awards, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, and the Presidential Unit Citation. After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, Connecticut, he reported to USS MAINE (SSBN 741) in Kings Bay, Georgia where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols as the ship’s Navigator from 2001-2004. His next sea tour was as executive officer onboard USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691) in Groton, Connecticut from 2006-2008 and then as Commanding Officer of USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22) in Bremerton, Washington from 2011-2014. During this command, Captain Johnson completed a six-month western Pacific deployment and then settled the ship in for a multi-year repair period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
His shore tours include four years in Washington, DC that began with an assignment to Strategic Systems Programs from 2004-2006 and, following a sea tour, he returned to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2009-2011. He served as the Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron SEVEN in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2014-2016 and arrives in Newport following a tour as the Submarine Force Atlantic Shipyard Representative at Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut.
Captain Johnson was awarded a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 2006 and completed his joint professional military education at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia in 2010.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and four Navy Achievement Medals.