Captain Pat “Fin” Hannifin
Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Captain Pat “Fin” Hannifin is a native of San Diego, California, and was commissioned in 1991 after a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (NROTC) and MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) and the USAF Test Pilot School.
Hannifin flew the F/A-18C Hornet with the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” from USS Independence, and then again with the VFA-81 “Sunliners” for both Department Head and XO/CO tours from USS George Washington and USS Nimitz, transitioning to F/A-18E Superhornets while in Command. He served as Executive Officer of USS Truman (CVN 75) and Commanding Officer of USS Arlington (LPD 024).
Ashore, Hannifin served as legal officer for the VF-126 “Bandits” of NAS Miramar and tested F/A-18 A-Fs and T-45s for the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron in Patuxent River, Maryland. He served as the VFA Readiness Officer for CNAL and the Joint Force Coordinator (JFC) division chief for the Joint Staff J3.
Captain Hannifin has over 2800 flight hours in 33 different aircraft.