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USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)

CAPT. Dave Guluzian USN
Commanding Officer

Capt. Dave Guluzian is from San Marino, Calif. After high school, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico prior to entering the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from USNA with a bachelorís degree in Physics in 1991.

Capt. Guluzianís division officer tours were aboard USS PRINCETON (CG 59) as ordnance officer and aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) as reactor mechanical division officer. His department head tours were as combat systems officer aboard USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) and as main propulsion assistant aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). He served as executive officer aboard USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) and operations officer aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6).

Ashore, Capt. Guluzian served as a tactical warfare instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific, as executive officer of the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team (Pacific) and deputy force nuclear propulsion officer (Code: N9) on staff at Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, and as deputy commander of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Squadron. He earned a masterís degree in Business Administration at the University of San Diego.

Capt. Guluzian commanded USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) from August 2008 to August 2010, leading the ship through two WESTPAC deployments and a visit by the Board of Inspection and Survey. He later served as battalion officer at the Naval Academy and as Branch Head, Surface Nuclear Officer Programs (PERS-424/41N) at Navy Personnel Command. He was Executive Officer in USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) for 19 months prior to assuming command in June of 2017.

Capt. Guluzianís awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (8), and Navy Achievement Medal (3).

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