USS Denver
Decommissioned August 14, 2014
Commanding Officer (October 24, 2013 - Present)
CAPT Michael “Buzz” Donnelly
Commanding Officer

Captain Michael “Buzz” Donnelly is a native of Kent Island, Maryland. In 1989 he graduated with a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Villanova University and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). He holds a master of arts in national security studies and strategic affairs from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
A naval flight officer, Donnelly deployed with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, including tours flying the F-14 with Fighter Squadron THREE THREE (VF-33) “Starfighters” in USS AMERICA (CV 66), VF-103 “Sluggers” in USS SARATOGA (CV 60), and VF-31 “Tomcatters” in USS LINCOLN (CVN 72). Flying the F/A-18F, he served as executive and then commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE FOUR (VFA-154) “Black Knights” in USS STENNIS (CVN 74). He served as executive officer in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).
Ashore, Donnelly served as an F-14 instructor with VF-101 “Grim Reapers” and as executive officer of VFA-122 “Flying Eagles.” Additionally, he served on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and as Naval Aviation’s F/A-18 Requirements Officer on the OPNAV Staff (N88) at the Pentagon.
Captain Donnelly has over 3000 flight hours and over 990 carrier landings in the F-14A, B and D, and F/A-18F. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Strike Flight Medals, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
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