Captain Hans E. Lynch, USN
Commander, Military Sealift Command Atlantic
Commander Task Force 83
Capt. Lynch is originally from New York City and is a 1995 graduate of Purdue University where he earned a BA in Political Science and was commissioned through NROTC.
At sea he served onboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Princeton (CG 59) for his division officer tours in Deck and Engineering Departments from 1996-2000. His department head tours were onboard USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) as Chief Engineer from 2001-2004.
From 2008-2009 Capt. Lynch served as Commanding Officer of rotational MCM Crew Swerve, onboard USS Sentry (MCM 3) and then USS Gladiator (MCM 11). From 2012-2013 he was the final Commanding Officer of USS Thach (FFG 43).
His shore tours include Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Flag Aide and Deputy Executive Assistant at Third Fleet from 2004-2006. His second shore tour was with the Joint Staff serving in the J-33 Joint Operations Directorate as an action officer in Central Command Division and as Branch Head in the Broader Middle East Division from 2010-2012. From 2014-2016 he served as the Director of Current Operations and Director of Future Operations at Fifth Fleet. He reported to OPNAV in September of 2016 and is currently serving as Branch Head for Mine Warfare in N95. Additionally, he is a 2007 graduate of the Naval War College and the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards.