USS Helena’s Chief of the Boat, New England Native Reenlists in Navy
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Set to transfer in the coming weeks, Master Chief Hospital Corpsman David DiPietro reenlisted into the United States Navy as one of his final acts as USS Helena’s Chief of the Boat on Oct. 8.
The ceremony took place on a small wooden dock at Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Prescott Park as several members of Helena’s crew and family members looked on. Cmdr. Paul Dinius, USS Helena’s Commanding Officer, performed the honor of reenlisting his Chief of the Boat before DiPietro, a Swampscott, MA native, departed for his new command.
Afterwards, DiPietro was given the floor, but was near speechless, saying, “You guys have already heard everything I have to say,” as he stepped from the sunlight and received several hugs and handshakes from those in attendance while he walked from the pier.
Already with 22 illustrious years in the Navy under his belt, DiPietro will next serve as an instructor at Command Leadership School for prospective Command Master Chiefs and Chiefs of the Boat in Newport, RI.
The new Chief of the Boat is Master Chief Electronics Technician Chris Lancaster.
DiPietro graduated from Swampscott High School in 1988. Immediately, he enlisted in the Navy and completed recruit training and basic hospital corps school in San Diego. He was selected and advanced to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in April 2009, the highest enlisted rank marking him in the top 1 percent of the Navy.