Captain Timothy Cronin
USCGC HAMILTON (WMSL 753)
Charleston, South Carolina
CAPT Timothy Cronin assumed command of Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON (WMSL 753) in July 2019. Christened in 2013, HAMILTON is the fourth Legend-class cutter and the sixth Coast Guard Cutter named in honor of our founding father.
Prior to HAMILTON, CAPT Cronin graduated from the National War College where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. From 2016-2018, he was Commanding Officer CGC VALIANT in Mayport, Florida. VALIANT’s primary missions were counterdrug operations and migrant interdiction. In 2017, VALIANT was the first major cutter to respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. His prior sea tours include Executive Officer CGC VIGILANT in Port Canaveral, Florida; Commanding Officer CGC CUSHING in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Operations Officer CGC RESOLUTE in St. Petersburg, Florida; and Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator aboard CGC MELLON in Seattle, Washington.
Prior to VALIANT, CAPT Cronin was assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District Response Enforcement Branch in Miami, FL. As the Assistant Branch Chief from 2012-2016, he was primarily responsible for the coordination and execution of drug and migrant interdiction operations across the Florida Straits, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean.
CAPT Cronin also served as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room under President George W. Bush and Military Aide to the Coast Guard’s Chief of Staff.
Upon graduating from George Washington University in December 2007 with a Master of Public Administration degree, CAPT Cronin served in the Office of Performance Management and Assessment at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.
A native of Long Island, New York, CAPT Timothy Cronin graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Government and received his commission in May 1996.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar in addition to various unit awards