Rear Adm. Tim Kott is the son of a career Naval Officer and a native of Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned in 1990 upon graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He is also a 1997 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, with a Master of Science in Management as part of the Financial Management Curriculum, and a 2011 graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
Previous at sea assignments include communications officer and navigator aboard USS Flatley (FFG 21); commissioning combat information center officer, aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61); operations officer, aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57); operations officer, aboard USS Hue City (CG 66); executive officer, aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70); and commanding officer, from 2008-2010 aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70); commanding officer, from 2013-2015 aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
Ashore he has served on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Surface Warfare Directorate (N76) as a budget analyst; the Joint Staff, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate (J7) as combatant commander joint exercise program manager; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources, Programming Division (N80) as Ship and Submarine Programs section head, and most recently as branch head for Program Planning and Development (N801).
During his command of Hopper, Sailors were recognized for their accomplishments with two consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards, 2008 Spokane Trophy Award as Pacific Fleet’s most proficient surface ship in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations, and the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for Pacific Fleet Destroyers. While in command of Mobile Bay, Sailors he worked for were again recognized with three consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for Pacific Fleet Cruisers, and the Secretary of the Navy Safety Award for Surface Combatants.
In addition to various unit, campaign, and personal awards, Kott has had the privilege to serve on 11 Battle Efficiency Award winning crews throughout his career.