CAPTAIN JONATHAN D. LIPPS, USN
Commander, Task Force SIX FOUR
NAVEUR-NAVAF-SIXTHFLT Fires Director
Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Commander, TG IAMD
CAPT Jonathan Lipps is a 1993 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. Collocated with the Fleet Headquarters in Naples, Italy, Commodore Lipps assumed command of Task Force SIX FOUR in March 2021. Additional duties include Fleet Fires Director and NATO’s Commander, TG Integrated Air and Missile Defense assigned to Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (SFN).
Lipps’ initial Sea duty assignments supported multiple Fleet deployments while assigned in: USS Guam (LPH 9), USS Hewitt (DD 966), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), and the SEVENTH Fleet Staff. While assigned to USS Lake Erie (CG 70) as Operations Officer, Lipps was awarded the "Pacific Fleet Ship Handler of the Year" in 2003 and supported the Navy's first three intercepts of ballistic missile targets with an SM-3 guided missile.
Early shore tours included: Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, J5, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lead Instructor of Aegis and Operations curriculums at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), and an invitation to the Naval War College to facilitate establishing a BMD-focused Directed Research curriculum (Halsey Group C).
Senior command and staff assignments comprised service in both the Pacific and Mediterranean Fleets, and reflected a career focus on Integrated Air and Missile Defense: COMPACFLT Missile Defense Officer, Commissioning Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC), Commanding Officer of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System, Romania, Deputy Commander, Task Force SIX FOUR / Deputy Director of NAVEUR-NAVAF-SIXTHFLT TLAM Operations, and Director, Warfighter Operational Integration at the Missile Defense Agency.
In addition to the inaugural SM-3 firings from Lake Erie, Commodore Lipps exercised command over multiple SM-3 Blk IB and SM-3 Blk IIA firings from Aegis Ashore and as a NATO Task Group Commander to include the first Launch on Remote (LoR) of an SM-3 using Allied data. He wears numerous campaign, personal, and unit awards earned by the Sailors, civilians, and joint force personnel he has had the privilege to work with and lead.