CAPTAIN JONATHAN D. LIPPS, USN
Commander, Task Force SIX FOUR
NAVEUR-NAVAF-SIXTHFLT Director, Tomahawk Strike Operations
Captain Jonathan Lipps is a 1993 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He holds a master's degree in National Security Affairs from the United States Naval War College. He assumed command as Commander, Task Force SIX FOUR (CTF-64) and the Director for Tomahawk Strike Operations in the European theater and Sixth Fleet Area of Operations in March of 2021. CTF-64 is responsible for the planning and execution of maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) in the Sixth Fleet Area of Operations.
His initial sea duty assignments included the 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 the operations officer, he supported the Navy's first three intercepts of ballistic missile targets with an SM-3 guided missile. He was named a "Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year" in 2003.
During his early shore assignments, he was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, J5, Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Lead Instructor of Aegis and Operations curriculums at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS); and an invitation to the Naval War College, where he helped establish a BMD-focused Directed Research curriculum (Halsey Group C).
Capt. Lipps’ senior command and staff assignments comprised of service in both the Pacific and Mediterranean Fleets, most notably, Commander, Pacific Fleet Missile Defense Officer; Commissioning Officer in Charge of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility; Commanding Officer of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System, Romania; Deputy Commander, Task Force SIX FOUR/ Deputy Director of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet TLAM operations in Naples, Italy; and Director, Warfighter Operational Integration at the Missile Defense Agency.
The inaugural recipient of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Achievement in the Pacific award and the 2017 U.S. Navy European Missile Defender of the Year award, Capt. Lipps is authorized to wear numerous campaign, personal, and unit awards earned by the Sailors, civilians, and uniform joint force personnel he has worked with and led.