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Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost

Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost

Chief of Naval Operations

Class of 1953
  • Chief of Naval Operations, 1986-1990



During his more than 37 years of commissioned service, Trost served at sea in destroyers and diesel-powered and nuclear-powered submarines. He was executive officer of two nuclear-powered submarines and commanding officer of a fleet ballistic missile submarine.

Subsequent to selection to flag rank in 1973, he commanded Submarine Flotilla One, Submarine Group Five.

Later operational assignments included deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; commander, Seventh Fleet; commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and deputy commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic Command. Ashore, Trost was military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense; executive assistant to the secretary of the Navy; on the Navy staff as director, Systems Analysis Division; assistant chief of Naval Personnel; and director, Navy Program Planning.

Admiral Trost's decorations and awards include seven Distinguished Service medals (2 DOD, 3 Navy, 1 Army, 1 Air Force), the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Navy Achievement medal, numerous campaign and service awards and personal decorations from a number of foreign nations.

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