Commander of Submarine Group
Rear Admiral Tim Giardina is the commander of Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9, and Submarine Group 10. Submarine Group Nine is headquartered at Naval Base Kitsap, Silverdale, Wash., and Submarine Group 10 which is headquartered at Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. He is responsible for administrative command and control of all U.S. SSBN's and SSGN's in the Pacific Northwest and in Kings Bay, Ga. He assumed duty as commander, Submarine Group Trident on Nov. 8, 2007.
Rear Adm. Giardina is a 1979 graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy. He is a graduate of CAPSTONE and numerous Navy Business Courses
and holds an advanced degree in Business Administration.
Following selection for flag rank, he served as director of Information, Plans and Security and director of Current Operations on the Navy Staff until October 2007. His previous assignment was as chief of staff, U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan. While assigned to 7th Fleet, he was assigned additional duties as deputy commander and chief of staff for Joint Task Force 515 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
As a career submarine officer, Rear Adm. Giardina has served on both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. Upon commissioning in 1979, he entered the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and reported to the commissioning crew of USS Ohio (SSBN 726) (Blue). While there, he became the first officer to earn gold dolphins on a Trident submarine.
Rear Adm. Giardina's other submarine assignments prior to command included duty in USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) as executive officer, USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Gold) as engineer officer, and USS Atlanta (SSN 712) as navigator/operations officer.
He commanded Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash., which included ten Trident submarines, from July 2001 to July 2003. His previous command assignment was as commanding officer of USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Gold) from 1996 until 1999.
Rear Adm. Giardina's shore assignments included duty as senior member of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team and Combat Systems Training Team on the Staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. He served as deputy director of Future Operations (J35) on the staff of U. S. Joint Forces Command, as submarine junior officer detailer at Naval Personnel Command, and as a member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on the staff of the Commander, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.
Rear Adm. Giardina has been awarded the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards.