USS VELLA GULF


Captain Frank X. Castellano
Executive Officer

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Captain Frank X. Castellano graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in History.

His duty assignments include OI Division Officer, Auxiliaries Officer, and Communications Officer in USS ANZIO (CG 68); Operations Officer in USS COLE (DDG 67); Commanding Officer in USS CHINOOK (PC 9); Executive Officer in USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75); and Commanding Officer in USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96). Under his command, BAINBRIDGE earned recognition worldwide for its role in the successful rescue of M/V MAERSK ALABAMA and her master, Captain Richard Phillips, from Somali pirates.

Ashore, he served as an Associate Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XVI, as a Surface Warfare Lieutenant Commander/Commander Assignments Officer, Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41), and most recently as Plans Group Chief, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE).

He has attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a Master of Science Degree in Systems Technology (Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence), the United States Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and the Joint Forces Staff College.

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and various campaign and service ribbons.