CDR Mike Nanoff is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned through the University of Minnesota NAVAL ROTC program in December 2000. Graduating from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) as Graduate of Distinction on the Commodore’s List, CDR Nanoff earned his Naval Aviator wings in May 2001.
Following qualification in the SH-60F/H aircraft, CDR Nanoff reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fourteen (HS-14) in April 2003, forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan and part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) based on the USS KITTY HAWK (CV- 63). While serving as Training Officer, he earned his Aircraft Commander, Strike, and Anti-Submarine Warfare qualifications with multiple deployments in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
CDR Nanoff was detailed in December of 2005 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron flight instructor at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Ten (HS-10) before being selected for US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS). Prior to reporting to USNTPS, he earned a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. CDR Nanoff graduated from USNTPS Class 134 in Dec 2008.
Following USNTPS graduation in December 2008, CDR Nanoff reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two-One (HX-21) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, where he served as test pilot on the MH-60S/R, SH-60F/B, and HH-60H platforms. As lead for multiple MH-60S and MH-60R projects, he executed testing of the 20mm Fixed Forward Firing Weapon, Unguided Rockets, Automatic Radar Periscope Detection Discrimination, AN/AQS-20A mine-hunting sonar, and simulator data collection. He completed his tour as Operations Officer of over ten type/model/series aircraft.
CDR Nanoff reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Four (HSC-4) as part of Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) based on the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) home parted in San Diego, CA for his Department Head tour in October 2011. His assignments included Administration Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. Following his Department Head tour, CDR Nanoff earned joint service credit as Branch Chief for US European Command exercises at the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center in Colorado Springs, CO from April 2014 to May 2017.
CDR Nanoff was ordered to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3) in June 2017 where he currently serves as Executive Officer. His personal decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals along with various campaign and unit decorations.