John Kinkela was raised in New Jersey and attended SUNY Maritime, graduating with a BS in marine environmental science and a 3rd Mates Unlimited license in 2001. John sailed on various ship types to obtain an Unlimited Master Mariner? license in 2008. Also in 2008, he joined the crew of the High Speed Vessel (HSV)?Swift?as chief mate. After sailing for 14 years, eight of those as chief mate, John has been an instructor of high-speed navigation and water jet shiphandling for the US Navy? Littoral Combat Ship at the US Navy? Surface Warfare Officer? School in Newport, Rhode Island, since 2014. He lives with his wife and three children on the Jersey Shore near Asbury Park and can be contacted by email at?

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