April 6, 2021: Rear Adm. Blake L. Converse will be assigned as Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Rear Adm. Converse is currently serving as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Rear Admiral Blake Converse is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Navy Post Graduate School. His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Olympia (SSN 717), and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include Commanding Officer, USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and Commander, Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014. Rear Admiral Converse is currently the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Rear Admiral Jack N. Darby award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence of Command.