Navy Biography

Captain Robert Gaucher

Chief of Staff
Commander, Submarine Forces

Captain Robert Gaucher

A native of Pittsfield, MA, Captain Gaucher graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering.


Captain Gaucher assumed his current duties in October 2017. 


His operational assignments include service in both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines including service as a Division Officer onboard USS FLYING FISH (SSN-673), Navigator/Operations Officer onboard USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN-723), and Executive Officer onboard USS MARYLAND (SSBN-738) (BLUE).  During these tours he completed three strategic deterrent patrols as well as deployments to the Arctic, Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean. 


He commanded USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705) in Apra Harbor, Guam.  During his command tour, CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI completed two Western Pacific mission cycles, and a Homeport Change to Pearl Harbor while earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Submarine Squadron Fifteen Battle Efficiency ‘E’.  His major command was Commodore of Submarine Development Squadron FIVE (CSDS-5) in Bangor, WA, where he was responsible for SEAWOLF class submarines, Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron One, and several special project ocean engineering and research and development detachments.


His staff assignments include instructor duty at Naval Nuclear Power School, Flag Aide for the Commander Submarine Force, Current Maritime Operations Branch Head at U. S. Pacific Command, and Director of Operational Support Branch on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.


He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.  In addition, he completed the Executive Business Course in Monterey, CA, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies Seminar XXI


Captain Gaucher served on teams which have been awarded Battle Efficiency E’s, Meritorious Unit Commendations, Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, CNO Safety Award, and the Arleigh Burke Trophy.

Captain Gaucher’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards).  Additional awards include the David Lloyd Award for outstanding leadership and the AFCEA Award for excellence in Command, Control, and Tactical Planning.

Updated: 20 May 2019