Christopher W. Grady
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Christopher W. Grady

Christopher Watson Grady (born November 28, 1962)[1][2] is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the commander of United States Fleet Forces Command (USFFC). He also concurrently serves as the commander of United States Naval Forces Northern Command, the commander of United States Naval Forces Strategic Command and Joint Force Maritime Component Commander. Previously, he served as the commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, deputy commander of United States Naval Forces Europe - Naval Forces Africa, commander of United States Sixth Fleet, and Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe. He assumed these duties October 28, 2016.

On October 31, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Grady's reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[3][4] On February 28, 2018, Grady was nominated by President Donald Trump for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander of United States Fleet Forces Command,[5] and confirmed by the senate on March 22, 2018.[6] He assumed command of USFFC and Naval Forces Northern Command on May 4, 2018[7] and of commander, Naval Forces Strategic Command (NAVSTRAT) and United States Strategic Command Joint Force Maritime Component Command (JFMCC) on February 1, 2019.[8][9]

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Board presented Grady with the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, September 28, 2019. Established in 1985, the award is conferred on an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished themselves in military service, and is presented in honor of Notre Dame's third president who was a celebrated Civil War chaplain of the Union Army's Irish Brigade. [10]

Grady is currently holds the title "Old Salt", conferred upon the longest-serving surface warfare officer on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Outgoing INDOPACOM commander Admiral Philip S. Davidson relinquished the title and trophy to him on April 30, 2021.[11]

Naval Career

Grady accepts the 'Old Salt' Award on board USS Cole (DDG 67). Grady officially took on the title of 'Old Salt' from Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, who retired April 30, 2021.

Christopher Grady was born in Portsmouth, Virginia[1] and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame,[12] and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1984.[13] Grady is a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies while concurrently participating as a fellow in Foreign Service at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College earning a Master of Science in National Security Affairs.[14]

Grady's initial sea tour was aboard USS Moosbrugger , where he served as combat information center officer and anti-submarine warfare officer. As a department head, he served as weapons control officer and combat systems officer in USS Princeton . He was commanding officer of Mine Counter Measure Rotational Crew Echo in USS Chief , and deployed to the Persian Gulf in command of USS Ardent . Grady then commanded USS Cole  deploying as part of NATO's Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean. He then commanded Destroyer Squadron 22, deploying to the Persian Gulf as sea combat commander for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, Grady first served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as naval aide to the chief of naval operations. He also served on the staff of the chief of naval operations as assistant branch head, Europe and Eurasia Politico-Military Affairs Branch (OPNAV N524). He then served as executive assistant to the navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs. Next, he served as the deputy executive secretary of the National Security Council in the White House. He then went on to serve as the executive assistant to the chief of naval operations.

Grady's flag assignments include the Director of the Maritime Operations Center (N2/3/5/7), commander, United States Pacific Fleet; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1 and the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group where he deployed for nearly 10 months to the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf conducting combat operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was then commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

Awards and Decorations


  1. ^ a b "Certificate of Birth". Births, 1864-2016 (078915). Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Department of Health. 1962.
  2. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy on Active Duty. Bureau of Naval Personnel. October 1, 1990. p. 96. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ Flag Officer Announcement - October 17, 2017
  4. ^ PN1122 -- Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady -- Navy
  5. ^ Flag Officer Announcement - February 28, 2018
  6. ^ PN1667 -- Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady -- Navy
  7. ^ US Navy Biography - Admiral Christopher W. Grady
  8. ^ - Grady's Bio
  9. ^ US Fleet Forces Commander Designated as NAVSTRAT, JFMCC STRAT
  10. ^ "Admiral Grady Receives Rev. William Colby Award". DVIDS. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b Macchietto, Brooke (May 1, 2021). "FLEET FORCES COMMANDER BECOMES NAVY'S 'OLD SALT'". U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "University of Notre Dame du Lac 1984 Commencement | May 18-20" (PDF). p. 31. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Admiral Christopher Grady '84 - Notre Dame Day 2018
  14. ^ "Admiral Christopher W. Grady". US Navy. Retrieved 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
David F. Steindl
Commander of Carrier Strike Group 1
Succeeded by
James T. Loeblein
Preceded by
Peter Gumataotao
Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic
Succeeded by
Patrick A. Piercey
Preceded by
James G. Foggo III
Commander of the United States Sixth Fleet
Succeeded by
Lisa M. Franchetti
Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO
Preceded by
Frank Craig Pandolfe
Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Succeeded by
Ricky L. Waddell
Preceded by
Philip S. Davidson
Commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command

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