Rear Admiral [SEAL] George Worthington, USN [Ret.]
Rear Admiral George R. Worthington was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1961. His initial tour of duty was in destroyers with an early staff tour as Aide-de-Camp and Flag Lieutenant for a Flotilla Commander. He applied for Underwater Demolition Team training and graduated with Class 36 in December 1965.
Following graduation he served as operations and executive officer in Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN, completing two combat deployments to Vietnam. He graduated from the Naval Destroyer School Department Head course and served as operations officer in USS STRONG (DD-768). He was later assigned to Naval Special Warfare commands and served a year in Saigon on the Naval Special Warfare Group (Vietnam). School tours followed at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and National War College.
Worthington served command tours commensurate with rank with SEAL Team ONE, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE, operating the Navy marine mammal program, and Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, responsible for west coast SEAL Teams and Special Boat Squadrons. He served as Naval Attaché to the American Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during the last days of the Khmer Republic. Staff tours included assignments with the Chief of Naval Operations as program sponsor for Naval Special Warfare, Chief of Staff for the Special Operations Command (Europe), Stuttgart, Germany, and as a Flag Officer, with the Secretary of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Counter-terrorism). He commanded the Naval Special Warfare Command as his last active tour.
Since retirement, Worthington has served on the boards of directors of ZODIAC North America, makers of operational rubber raiding craft; WESCAM-Sonoma, makers of high-resolution stabilized camera systems used on the Predator UAV; and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit foundation providing college scholarships for orphans of deceased Special Operations personnel. He is a member of the board of advisors to High Technology Solutions in San Diego, a government services firm. He worked two years with WarRoom Research (Maryland) on war room design and security. He currently consults with IFG, Ltd. for littoral warfare craft requirements. (The Office of Naval Research has just authorized construction of the Littoral Support Craft, Experimental, or “X-Craft,” which he promoted with several articles for the Naval Institute Proceedings on littoral warfare and combatant craft.) He has written the SEAL chapters for anthologies titled, “The Navy” and “United States Special Operations Forces.”
Worthington is a current sport parachutist with over 1,200 skydives, an avid skier, and Masters swimmer. He is a member of various professional societies. His interests are in National Defense and Naval Special Warfare littoral warfighting capabilities.