Commanding Officer's Biography
Captain James E. Horten, USN
CAPT Jim Horten was born in DuBois, PA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Administrative Studies from Boston University in 1999.
Following nuclear power training and a staff pick-up officer tour at the D1G prototype in New York, he served as Communicator and Assistant Engineer on USS Houston (SSN 713) in San Diego, CA and completed one Western Pacific deployment with the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Following duty as the Commander Submarine Group Two Flag Lieutenant and graduation from Submarine Officer Advanced Course, CAPT Horten served as the Engineer on USS Buffalo in Pearl Harbor, HI. He completed two Western Pacific deployments including three missions vital to national security and two Selected Restricted Availabilities. He then transferred to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium for service as a situation center watch officer during the first eighteen months of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. In November 2000, CAPT Horten reported to USS Maine (SSBN 741 Blue) as the Executive Officer and completed three strategic deterrent patrols. He then served on the OPNAV staff for two years as the Tomahawk Requirements Officer overseeing significant expenditures during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the successful fielding of the new Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile.
From August 2005 until April 2008, CAPT Horten commanded USS Olympia (SSN 717). His command tour was dominated by the Engineered Refueling Overhaul at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. CAPT Horten then served as the Submarine Squadron Three Deputy Commander for Training.
CAPT Horten served as the Commanding Officer of USS Chicago (SSN 721) from March to July 2010. He then commanded USS Michigan Blue (SSGN 727) from July 2011 until April 2013. He served as the Professor of Naval Science at Cornell University from July 2013 until May 2016 and is now the Professor of Naval Science at the Boston Naval ROTC Consortium.