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Cmdr. Shelby M. Nikitin

Commanding Officer, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)

01 December 2020

Commander Shelby M. Nikitin
Commander Shelby M. Nikitin
Commander Shelby M. Nikitin
Commander Shelby M. Nikitin
Commander Shelby M. Nikitin
Photo By: MC1 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 220426-N-OW182-0001
Commander Shelby M. Nikitin is a native of Wakefield, Massachusetts and a 2004 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, located in Worchester, MA. She received her Commission through the College of the Holy Cross NROTC program and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. 

CDR Nikitin served as the Electrical Officer in USS CHOSIN (CG 65) from May 2004 until May 2006 and fleeted up to Training Officer onboard CHOSIN from June 2006 to May 2008. While onboard CHOSIN, she completed two Arabian Gulf Deployments in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, CDR Nikitin served in USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111) as the Operations Officer, completing the ship’s maiden deployment to the Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility and later served in DESTROYER SQUADRON ONE as the N3 embarked on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. She has served with teams that won the Battle ‘E’ and Spokane Trophy.

In 2011, CDR Nikitin matriculated at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where she earned a Masters of Science in Operations Analysis and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. 

Ashore, CDR Nikitin served as a Junior Officer Detailer and Officer Candidate School (OCS) accessions coordinator assigned to the Commander, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) in Millington, Tennessee from May 2008 to September 2009 and later as the Shore Coordinator and Assistant Captain Detailer from November 2016 to January 2020. CDR Nikitin also served as the Special Assistant and Flag Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations from October 2015 to October 2016.

CDR Nikitin’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit awards and campaign medals.  |  |  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   |  988 Helpline
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