enlisted in the Navy in 1985 from Fountain Valley, CA and served as an Aviation
Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician (AX) in HSL-41 and HSL-47 located at NAS
North Island, CA. He was commissioned and
designated a Naval Aviator through the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in December
Perrella’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour with HSL-51 in
Atsugi, Japan where he deployed as a Detachment Operations and Maintenance
Officer both in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Next, he reported to USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and
completed a Western Pacific deployment participating Operation DETERMINED
RESPONSE following the terrorist attack against USS COLE (DDG-67). In 2004, Captain
Perrella reported to HSL-37 for his Department Head tour where he ultimately
served as Maintenance Officer. As Detachment
FOUR Officer-in-Charge, he led a two-plane detachment in USS CHOSIN (CG-65)
conducting Maritime Security Operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From May 2010 to June 2011, Captain Perrella
served as Commanding Officer of the HSL-51 Warlords and led his squadron during
Operation TOMODACHI as part of Carrier Air Wing FIVE and FOURTEEN. He was the 2010 Helicopter Maritime Strike
Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet recipient of the Navy and Marine Association
peer-selected leadership award.
Captain Perrella served with the HSL-41 Seahawks in 1997 as a FRS Flight
Instructor and again in 2003 as the Training Department Head. Prior to command,
he served at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN as HSM/TYCOM Air Combat
Placement Officer and PERS 43 Deputy Director.
Following his command tour, he served on the Joint Staff, Strategic
Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) as a Western Hemisphere/Homeland Defense
politico-military planner and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director.
a Master’s of Science Degree in Information System Technology Management from
the Naval Post Graduate School.
Perrella served as the Commanding Officer of HSM-40 prior to assuming the
duties as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific in July 2015.
Perrella has accumulated 3,000 mishap-free flight hours. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and personal
decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal, Air Medal (strike/flight award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation
Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards.