William Douglas Crowder

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William Douglas Crowder
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Vice Admiral William Crowder
Allegiance United States Navy
Years of service 1974-2009
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held US 7th Fleet
Carrier Strike Group Nine
USS Kidd (DDG-993)
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Vice Admiral William Douglas Crowder retired from the United States Navy in November 2009 after serving as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5). Vice Admiral Crowder was the 45th commander of the United States 7th Fleet.


The son of a navy Master Chief and Quartermaster, Crowder received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in June 1974.

At sea, Vice Admiral Crowder has served in numerous ships in both Pacific and Atlantic Fleets including: as CIC Officer in USS Ramsey (FFG-2), Aft Propulsion Group Officer in USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), Combat Systems Officer in USS Stump (DD-978), and Executive Officer in USS Yorktown (CG-48).

He commanded USS Kidd (DDG-993) from 1992–1994, operating in both the Pacific and Atlantic, winning the Battle Efficiency "E" Award. In 1998-1999 he commanded Destroyer Squadron 24, deploying to the Mediterranean as part of the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group. He also served as the Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic.

Ashore, Vice Admiral Crowder has served a number of tours in the Pentagon including: as action officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Strategy and Plans Division (OP-60); Surface Warfare Analyst in the Office of Program Appraisal (Office of Secretary of the Navy); Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Chief of the Planning and Integration Branch, Joint Staff (J-8); Senior Staff of the National Defense Panel; and as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Vice Admiral Crowder commanded the U.S. 7th Fleet from September 2006 to July 2008. Prior to assuming that command, he was ADCNO for Information, Plans, and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5B) in August 2005. His previous Flag assignments were as Director, Deep Blue, the Navy Operations Group, from August 2002 to May 2004, Director, Operations, Plans and Political Military Affairs Division (N31/N52) from September 2001-October 2002 — both on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. Additionally he served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine/Abraham Lincoln Strike Group from July 2004 to August 2005 deploying to the western Pacific and serving as Commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, as part of Operation Unified Assistance (Tsunami Relief effort).


Vice Admiral Crowder was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland from 1980-82. In November 1982, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Medal for Leadership by the President of the French Senate in Paris.


  1. ^ U.S. Navy Biography: William Douglas Crowder.

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