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Submarine Learning Center Detachment San Diego
CDR Matthew "Maka" Mazat, USN
Officer in Charge

Officer in Charge

Cmdr. Makaala Mazat, a native of El Paso, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and was commissioned through the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999 after graduating from the University of Arizona and Officer Candidate School. His education includes attendance at Clemson University, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1998, and a Master’s of Business Administration, with a specialty in the Oil and Gas Industry, from the University of Houston in 2006.

At sea, Mazat served as a junior officer aboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22); navigator aboard USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Blue); executive officer of USS Jefferson City (SSN 759); and officer in charge of the decommissioned Norfolk (SSN 714), towing Norfolk from Maine to Washington state. Mazat has completed multiple Western Pacific and three Arctic deployments.

Mazat’s shore tours include naval science instructor at Rice University; Ohio-class guided-missile submarines and special operations forces officer for Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan; and submarine force navigator for Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic. He most recently served as deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 21 in Manama, Bahrain.

He is currently serving as officer in charge, Submarine Learning Center Det. San Diego.

Mazat’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).


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Lieutenant Commander Clayton J. Hughey, USN
Assistant Officer In Charge

Assistant Officer In Charge

Lt. Cmdr. Clayton Hughey is a native of Denver, Colorado, and recipient of a Navy ROTC scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004. He earned a Master’s of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2010.

Following nuclear power and prototype training in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2005, he reported to USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (GOLD) in Bangor, Washington, where he served as the reactor controls assistant and damage control assistant. Hughey completed his qualifications in submarines and as nuclear engineer while aboard USS Kentucky. His next sea tour was to USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) in Groton, Connecticut, as navigation and operations officer where he completed a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, a year-long Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability, sea trials and recertification for operations.

Hughey qualified for command of submarines in 2014.

His first shore assignment was as nuclear training officer for the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program at Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, Tennessee. He most recently served as the submarine operations officer on the 7th Fleet staff in Yokosuka, Japan.

He reported as assistant officer in charge, Submarine Learning Center Detachment San Diego, in February 2018.

Hughey’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign and unit awards including one Battle Efficiency “E” award.


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MMCM(SS) Richard J. Moses, USN
Senior Enlisted Leader

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Moses entered the Navy in September 1996 and completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. After completing Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) and Auxiliary Pack in Bangor, Wash., he transferred to USS Alabama (SSBN 731) homeported in Bangor and was assigned to Engineering Department, Auxiliary Division where he earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare pin and completed one deterrent patrol.

In April of 2000, he transferred to USS Helena (SSN 725), homeported in San Diego, Calif., and was assigned to Engineering Department, Auxiliary Division where he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer and completed two Western Pacific Deployments and one Under Ice Exercise. In 2003 he transferred to Submarine Squadron Eleven Performance Monitoring Team where he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. After a successful Shore Duty, he transferred to USS Asheville (SSN 758), homeported in San Diego, Calif., as the Auxiliary Division Leading Petty Officer where he completed one Western Pacific Deployment.

In 2007, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and was transferred to USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), homeported in Groton, Conn., as the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. While onboard, he completed a transit of the Suez Canal, numerous missions vital to national security, and a deployment ending with a change of homeport to San Diego, Calif. In 2009, he transferred to Submarine Squadron Eleven, in San Diego, Calif., and served as the Squadron Auxiliaryman/Damage Control Assistant (DCA). During this time he completed qualifications for Chief of the Boat.

In July 2012, he reported aboard USS Hampton (SSN 767) homeported in San Diego, Calif., as Chief of the Boat. While onboard, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and completed two extremely successful Western Pacific Deployments and ICEX 2014. In 2015, he transferred to Submarine Learning Center Det. in San Diego, Calif., as the Senior Enlisted Leader.

Master Chief Moses is entitled to wear the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Battle ‘E’ Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Arctic Sea Service Ribbon, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (five awards).


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