Filipino-born Alden Argante commands U.S. Navy’s historic vessel

Alden Argante U.S. Navy's historic vessel
Lt. Cmdr. Alden Argante is the newest commanding officer of the Dynamic (AFDL 6). Photo from Linkedin.

Filipino-American United States Navy officer Alden Argante has been named the new commanding officer of the service’s Dynamic (AFDL 6).

The 78-year-old Dynamic is the Navy’s historic second-oldest vessel, behind only the USS Constitution.

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Argante, a native of Manila, took command of the floating dry-dock during the change of command ceremony at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC).

The Filipino-born officer succeeded Lt. Cmdr. Gaston Hatfield Jr. of Wyoming County, West Virginia as the new commanding officer of the Dynamic during the ceremony on January 28, 2022.

Lt. Cmdr. Argante enlisted in the Navy in June 1996 as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical (GSE). He advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2004 and was selected to the Limited Officer Duty Officer Program in 2007.

Argante’s recent assignments include being the Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), Electrical Officer aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), and as Chief Engineer aboard USS Sentry (MCM 3) forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain.

The Fil-Am commanding officer was also the Engineering Inspector at the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), Engineering Assessor and Project Officer at Engineering Assessment Atlantic (EAA), and the Chief Engineer onboard USS Wasp (LHD 1).

Filipino-American Petty Officer Johncarlo Legaspi was earlier named the Junior Sailor of the Year by the United States Navy’s Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron (MPSRON) 3.

In 2020, Pampanga-native Melanie Martins became the first Filipina to be given the United States Submarine Warfare Specialist honors for her competency while serving onboard the USS Ohio.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipino-American United States Navy officer Alden Argante for being named the new commanding officer of the service’s second oldest vessel, the Dynamic (AFDL 6).

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