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Capt. David Loo

Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

07 January 2021
Studio portrait of Capt. David Loo
Capt. David Loo
Studio portrait of Capt. David Loo
Capt. David Loo
Studio portrait of Capt. David Loo
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 210107-N-OW182-0001
 
Capt. David Loo, a native of New York, was commissioned through the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has earned a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.
 
Loo is designated a Naval Aviator and has served in multiple fleet assignments.  His initial assignment was with the "Warlords" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 (HSM 51) where he deployed aboard USS Gary (FFG 51), USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USS Cowpens (CG 63) in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), as the Assistant Air Officer supporting Joint Task Force Katrina/Rita and the Non-Combatant Evacuation of Americans from Lebanon.  He has served with the "Vipers" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 48 (HSM 48), as the Detachment 6 Officer in Charge aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and as the Squadron Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he served as the Navigator aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), where he received the John C. Stennis Straight Furrow Award for Leadership.
 
Ashore, Loo has served with the "Airwolves" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 (HSM 40), as an Instructor Pilot and Quality Assurance Officer, and was named the Airwolves Maintenance Officer of the Year.  He has been assigned to the Joint Staff, where he served as a Joint Strategic Planner for Joint Concept Development Experimentation and the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for Joint Force Development. He has also been assigned to the Navy Staff, where he served as the Deputy Director for Joint and Navy Urgent Requirements and the Executive Assistant to the Director, Integrated Warfare.
 
In command, he served as the Commanding Officer of the "Warlords" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 (HSM 51), and the command earned the Golden Wrench and Battle "E" awards for maintenance and operational excellence.  Additionally, he served as the Commanding Officer of the “Airwolves” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 (HSM 40) where the command earned the Ellyson Award for production excellence.
 
Loo has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours in numerous aircraft and is designated a Joint Qualified Officer. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and other personal awards, unit commendations, and service campaign awards.  

 
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