Rear Admiral James P. Waters, III

Commander, Submarine Group TWO

Rear Admiral James P. Waters, III

Rear Adm. Waters is a native of Ellington, Connecticut and 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Systems Engineering.  He completed graduate studies at Oxford University in 1991.

His sea tours include various division officer assignments onboard USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730G), engineer officer onboard USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) and executive officer onboard USS Alabama (SSBN 731B).  He commanded USS Virginia (SSN 774) and Submarine Squadron Four.

His staff assignments include operations officer at Submarine Squadron Two, engineer at Submarine Squadron Three, submarine executive officer detailer, deputy commander of Submarine Squadron One, battle watch commander and chief of staff for U.S. Strategic Command’s Director of Global Operations (J3), CNO Strategic Studies Group 35, and as deputy executive director for the Chief of Naval Personnel.  He most recently served as director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Waters assumed his current duties in August 2019 as commander, Submarine Group Two in Norfolk, Virginia.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other individual, unit, campaign and service awards.  He is most proud of those awards that reflect the hard work and success of the many teams he has been privileged to serve.



Updated: 27 September 2019