A Lifetime of Logisitics
Captain Carmine L. Petriccione ("Nick") was born in Morristown, New Jersey, and attended Bernards High School, Bernardsville, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In May 1973, he entered Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned as an Ensign in August 1973. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1974.
Captain Petriccione reported to his first operational assignment with Fleet Logistics Suport Squadron Twenty-Four (VR-24) in Naples, Italy, flying the C-2A "Greyhound". Upon completion of that assignment, he transitioned to the S-3A "Viking" and reportd to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Seven (VS-37), NAS North Island, California, in April 1979. During this tour he earned a Masters of Business Administration from National University in 1980. His next tour of duty was with Air Anti--Submarine Squadron Forty-One (VS-41), NAS North Island, as an S-3A Instructor, followed by a tour with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Eleven, NAS Miramar, as the Administration Officer, Anti-submarine Warfare Officer, and assistant operations officer. In July 1986, Captain Petriccione reported back to VS-37 for his Department Head tour where he served as the Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In August, 1988, he reported to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Warfare) (OP-07), Washington, DC, where he served as an Aviation Tactical Analyst for the Director, Force Level Plans Division (OP-70).
Captain Petriccione reported to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron twenty-one (VS-21), NAS North Island, as Executive Officer in December 1989, completed S-3B transition in February 1991 in Jacksonville, Florida, and assumed command in May 1991. During his tour, the VS-21 "Fighting Redtails" changed homeport from San Diego to Yokosuka, Japan, becoming the first forward deployed S-3 squadron. Under his tutelage, VS-21 was selected as the top VS squadron in the Pacific Fleet winning the highly prestigious "Top Torpedo" award and the Arnold Jay Isbell trophy, emblematic of the Navy's most outstanding anti-submarine warfare squadron.
Captain Petriccione reported on board the USS Constellation (CV-64) in Philadelphia, in February 1993, as the Combat Direction Center Officer. After completion of a two and one half year overhaul USS Constellation transited South America and returned to it's homeport of San Diego. During this time Captain Petriccione was designated a Tactical Action Officer and earned Command Duty Officer (CDO) underway designation. In March 1994, he became USS Constellation's Operations Officer. After a six month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf USS Constellation returned to San Diego in April 1995.