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Deputy Commander
The official website for Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC)

Mr. Jerry F. Ferguson


UWDC Deputy CommanderMr. Ferguson is the Deputy Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center. UWDC’s global mission is to develop tactics, concepts and doctrine for undersea warfare (USW); access USW performance and warfighting readiness; train undersea platforms, Theater ASW/USW Commander and Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Group ASW forces for integrated fleet operations; and advance undersea capability, wholeness and synchronization in order to enable decisive effects "from or in" the undersea domain.

Mr. Ferguson began his Navy Civil Service career on December 2004 when he was selected for the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy for the then-newly established Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command. He led the development of the integrated antisubmarine warfare training continuum that remains in use for all Navy Strike Groups and Theater USW Commanders. His Fleet Integrated Prioritized Capability List, which delineates fleet requirements to the CNO, has become standard practice force wide.

In October, 2006 Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command merged with the Navy Mine Warfare Command to form the Naval Mine and Antisubmarine Warfare Command. As the Deputy, Mr. Ferguson shepherded the fleet introduction of the MK 18 series of unmanned underwater vehicles for MCM.

In September, 2015 the ASW team from Naval Mine and Antisubmarine Warfare Command shifted to become part of the new Undersea Warfighting Development Center. As the deputy, Mr. Ferguson has emphasized shaping UWDC to provide essential technical and tactical warfighting support necessary as the Submarine Force has refocused upon Great Power Competition.

Prior to joining the Civil Service, Mr. Ferguson served in a variety of afloat and staff billets as an active duty Naval Officer from June 1972 until June 2004. Afloat, he served as an OIC of several Direct Support Elements aboard U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarines. He commanded USS Harry W Hill, and served as Operations Officer for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Three / Carl Vinson Battle Group. As Commander, Destroyer Squadron 15, Mr. Ferguson commanded the Yokosuka, Japan-based escorts for the Independence / Kitty Hawk Battle Groups. His shore staff assignments included Director, ASW Requirements Division (N74) for the Chief of Naval Operations. Mr. Ferguson concluded his active duty service as a Navy Captain (O-6) serving as the Chief of Staff for Commander, Carrier Group One. ComCarGru 1 developed and implemented intermediate and advanced warfare training for all West Coast Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups.

Mr. Ferguson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl. and a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His awards in the Executive Service including the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2012) and Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2008). His active duty decorations include the Legion of Merit (five awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards).  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |  DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us
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