Captain Mike Doherty, USN
Captain Mike Doherty graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1992, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
After flight school, he completed operational flying tours with VP-11 and VP-8 in Brunswick, Maine and VP-16 in Jacksonville, Florida. Between his operational flying tours, he served at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He also completed an afloat tour on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as the ship’s first Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. After underway training onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) during its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was designated RONALD REAGAN’s first “Shooter”. While leading V-2 Division during the ship’s initial Flight Deck Certification, he launched the first aircraft off the ship’s catapults and proudly claims the title of Plankowner.
In August 2005, Captain Doherty reported to Navy Personnel Command as the Aircraft Carrier Placement Officer. While ensuring optimal manning on the Navy’s capital warships, he planned and executed the demanning of USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in conjunction with the ship’s decommissioning and the turnover of USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as the nation’s permanently forward deployed carrier.
Prior to reporting to VP-45 for his command tour, he served as the Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron THIRTY, the Navy’s largest aviation squadron, while also earning a Master’s Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. During his time as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-45, the squadron deployed to the Pacific and Southern Commands, earned two consecutive Safety “S” awards, two consecutive ASW Fleet Challenge awards, and the Battle “E”.
After command, Captain Doherty served as the Deputy Commander for Task Force 57 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In this role, he was responsible for all Central Command Maritime Patrol missions flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Maritime Security Operations. Before reporting as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Academy Preparatory School, he served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff in the Operations and Plans Division.
Captain Doherty has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various unit, campaign and service awards.