Commander Erich C. Frandrup

Cmdr. Erich Frandrup, a native of Newport, Washington, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering.  Upon receiving his commission, he was selected for the Immediate Graduation Education Program and attended Duke University, graduating with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2003.  He completed Basic Diving Officer and Salvage Diving Officer training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, in Panama City, Florida in 2004 and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) training at Naval School, EOD, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in 2007.  He is also a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His operational tours include assignments as first lieutenant for Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Crew Conflict, serving aboard USS Gladiator (MCM 11) in Ingleside, Texas and aboard USS Ardent (MCM 12) for a Bahrain deployment; and EOD Mobile Unit 3, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as battle watch captain with the EOD battalion under Task Force Troy and as a company commander, completing a seven-month deployment to Tikrit, Iraq. As the future operations officer and theater security cooperation officer for Commander, Task Force 56, he was responsible for coordinating future operations and exercises for all Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. He completed a tour as executive officer of EOD Mobile Unit 11, which included a deployment to Bahrain as deputy commander of Task Group 56.1.
Ashore, he also served as operations officer at the Navy EOD Technology Division Technical Support Detachment, where he was responsible for the deployment of four Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC) platoons and supported five additional CEXC laboratories in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  On the Joint Staff, he was both the EOD action officer in the J3 and then executive assistant to the deputy director for nuclear and homeland defense operations (J36).  Selected for the 2019-2020 Federal Executive Fellowship program, he participated as the Navy fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security in Washington, D.C.
In August 2020, Frandrup assumed command of the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards. He is a qualified EOD officer, basic diving officer, surface warfare officer, and naval parachutist.

Last Updated: 26 February 2021




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