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Vet 233

SHARKHUNTERS Salutes Veterans


United States Navy, Submarine Force

Administering the Oath of Office to his son-in-lawIn 2010 MICKEY still fit in the uniform
he wore on retiring in 1983

Commissioned into the United States Navy 3 June 1959 after graduation from the United States Naval Academy. Reported for duty aboard USS MULLINNIX (DD 944) in Norfolk. He was assigned Division Officer for Engineering during which time he was aboard for two deployments in the Mediterranean, one deployment in the North Atlantic and another deployment around South America as Flagship for COMSOLANT. This deployment was cut short to support the Cuban Missile Blockade as COMSOLANT was the on-scene commander.

Attended US Naval post-graduate school and upon completion, was drafted into the submarine program, Nuclear Power School then assigned aboard USS PERMIT (SSN-594) in June 1965 for three years. Participated in one WestPac deployment and five other patrols.  His assignments and achievements are many – Naval Achievement Medal, two US Navy Citations, qualified in submarines, Engineering Officer of nuclear-powered submarines; attended Fleet Ballistic Missile Navigation School then to USS SAM HOUSTON (SSBN-609) GOLD as Navigator and had four Strategic Patrols.

Attended FBM Executive Officer Course in 1970 and reported aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (SSBN-602) BLUE as Executive Officer for four more years with three Strategic Deterrent Patrols and two-year naval shipyard refueling overhaul. He returned to the Naval Postgraduate School and earned a Masters degree in System Acquisition Management.

Following Prospective Commanding Officer training, Commander GARVERICK took command of USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN-609) BLUE in 1976 and made six Strategic Deterrent Patrols. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his service on ANDREW JACKSON.

In 1979 he reported to the TRIDENT SYSTEM Project Office (PM-2) where he started work on getting USS OHIO ready for sea. He was responsible for much of the preparations for turning over the TRIDENT Refit Facility to the Fleet, preparing the Combat System Evaluation program for the Command and Control System, and supervising all of the sea trials required to prepare USS OHIO deployed to the Naval Submarine Base in Bangor Washington. PM-2 was disbanded in 1983 and Captain GARVERICK retired from active duty. He was designated as a Certified Professional Logistician and awarded the Legion of Merit for his service.

Captain GARVERICK has had a stellar career in the United States Navy and 17 years in the defense industry and is currently the Executive Director of the Naval Submarine League, a non-profit organization promoting the American submarines as the crown jewel of the Defense Arsenal.

MICKEY is also serving on the Sharkhunters Board of Advisors.

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