Rear Adm. Richard Brophy

Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4

10 May 2021
Official photo of Rear Adm. Richard Brophy
Official photo of Rear Adm. Richard Brophy
Official photo of Rear Adm. Richard Brophy
Rear Adm. Richard Brophy
Official photo of Rear Adm. Richard Brophy
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Rear Adm. Rich Brophy is a native of Carmel, California. He received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991. In 1992 he earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and in 1994 was designated a Naval Aviator. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and in 2010 the U.S. Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Brophy’s operational assignments include tours with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, and VFA 81 as both a weapons and tactics officer and as a department head. He has completed deployments on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.

His shore assignments include an instructor tour with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106; aide/flag lieutenant to the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; Commander’s Action Group legislative branch for U.S. Northern Command; executive assistant and Sea Strike branch head to OPNAV Analysis and Assessment Division (N81); deputy executive assistant and special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; head, Carrier Strike Aircraft and Programs (N98); executive assistant to OPNAV N3N5; and Commander, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center.

Brophy assumed command as Commander, Carrier Strike Group FOUR in May 2021.

Brophy has logged over 4,000 flight hours, 100 combat missions and accumulated over 1000 carrier-arrested landings. He was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI fellow, and the 2017 “Tailhooker of the Year” awarded by the Tailhook association.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit (four Awards), Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, individual Air Medal with Combat “V”, five Strike/Flight Air Medals, and other personal, campaign and service ribbons.


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