Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.

Commanding Officer, USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), Blue Crew

26 January 2022

Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.
Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.
Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.
Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.
Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Jr.
Photo By: MC1 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 220126-N-OW182-0002
 CDR Larry Ford is the commanding officer of USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Blue.  He is a native of Hampton, VA.  He enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Technician in 1991, serving overseas at NAVCOMTELSTA Puerto Rico, aboard USS Stout (DDG 55), deploying to the Arabian Gulf during Operation Desert Fox, and as an instructor at FCTCLANT Dam Neck, VA.  He was commissioned through the Seaman-to-Admiral program in 2003.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Old Dominion University, and a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College.

At sea, CDR Ford was Commanding Officer of USS Firebolt (PC 10) from 2015 to 2016, while forward deployed in the Arabian Gulf.  His first Department Head tour was aboard USS Underwood (FFG 36) as Combat Systems Officer, deploying to Fourth Fleet in support of Operations UNITAS PAC and UNITAS LANT.  His second Department Head tour was as the Combat Systems Officer at COMDESRON TWO, where he conducted work ups aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).  He served his Division Officer tours onboard USS Taylor (FFG 50) as Gunnery Officer, and Communications Officer. 

Ashore, CDR Ford has served as Enlisted Manning Director for COMNAVSURFLANT in Norfolk VA, as Disaster Preparedness Officer at Navy Region, Hawaii, and as a Training Liaison Officer at Afloat Training Group, Mayport.  In 2007, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, serving in the Joint Operations Center in support of CJTF-82, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medals (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (4), Navy Achievement Medals (6), the Humanitarian Service Medal, and several other various personal, unit, and campaign awards.

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