John A. Craig, CDR RN
Joint Military Operations
Commander John Craig, Royal Navy, joined the Naval War College faculty in July 2012 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Command College, where he was honored to be awarded first place in the RADM Joseph C. Strasser International Leadership Prize category.
As a front-line Surface Warfare Officer, his assignment to the Naval War College is his first shore assignment since joining Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1989. A specialist Mine Warfare and Clearance (i.e. Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Diving Officer, he graduated as top student on his Principal Warfare Officers’ (PWO) course, specializing in Anti-Submarine Warfare. He served in the Arabian Gulf every year from 2003-2011, commanding five separate Mine Hunters and a squadron of HUNT Class Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Vessels, in which role he was dual-hatted as the U.K. and U. S. Surface MCM Commander in the Arabian Gulf.
Academically, CDR Craig has a B.A. with Honors in Humanities with Classical Studies and Philosophy from The Open University, an M.S. with Chancellor’s Commendation in Technology (Maritime Operations) from Kingston University (London), and is currently undertaking an M.A. in International Relations with Salve Regina University. He is an associate member of King’s College London’s Corbett Center for Maritime Policy Studies and is a regular contributor to The Naval Review.
He was a runner-up in the ‘Most outstanding sailor or marine’ category of The Sun newspaper’s inaugural national ‘Military Awards’ in 2008.
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