Portrait of CAPT Yokoyama


CAPT Melvin K. Yokoyama, Jr.

M.S., Systems Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School; B.S., Systems Engineering, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

Commanding Officer 

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific


CAPT Yokoyama assumed command of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in May 2017.

A native of the Big Island of Hawaii, CAPT Yokoyama holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville University and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering (Information Warfare and Electrical Systems Engineering subspecialties) from the Naval Post Graduate School.

A designated Naval Flight Officer in the Unrestricted Line (URL) community, CAPT Yokoyama is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and a Level II Joint-qualified Officer.

At-sea assignments include duties as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of Tactical Air Control Squadron TWELVE (TACRON 12), Air Officer for the BONHOMME RICHARD Amphibious Ready Group, Officer-in-Charge Commander Task Group 57.1 (Manama, Bahrain and Al Udeid, Qatar), Officer-in-Charge Commander Task Group 72.5 (Misawa and Okinawa, Japan), EP-3E Operations Officer for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1), and ES-3A Electronic Warfare Mission Commander for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron SIX (VQ-6) deployed on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67).

Acquisition and shore assignments include duties as Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) at PEO C4I Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program Office (PMW-130), Assistant Program Manager (APM) for SPAWAR's Data Center and Application Optimization (DCAO) program office, Chief of Staff for the Department of the Navy's Data Center Consolidation Task Force, Deputy Commander and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) C4I Officer for US Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) Cruise Missile Support Activity Pacific, and as a graduate student in the Information Warfare curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School.

In 2016, CAPT Yokoyama volunteered to deploy on a one-year global war on terrorism support assignment (GSA) to the US Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as the senior military advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Defense in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

CAPT Yokoyama has received a number of personal awards but is most proud of his unit awards because of the teamwork they represent.