|CDR James P. Lowell
Executive Officer (May 2009 - May 2011)
Commander James P. Lowell is a native of Wisconsin. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 and has served in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets and Washington D.C. Commander Lowell is temporarily assigned as Executive Officer, USS Essex (LHD 2).
As a junior officer, he served as Repair, Electrical, and Auxiliary officers in USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Navigator in USS Normandy (CG 60) and Chief Engineer in USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). Commander Lowell commanded the ships USS Shamal (PC 13), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Thunderbolt (PC 11), USS Chief (MCM 14), and USS Avenger (MCM 1). He also commanded USS Tortuga (LSD 46), Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Japan, earning the Battle Effectiveness, Ney, and Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Awards.
Ashore, Commander Lowell served in OPNAV Staff in the Directorate of Programming Division (N80) as an action officer managing Surface Warfare, Weapons, and Shipbuilding programs.
Commander Lowell graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research, specializing in Human Factors. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and both phases of Joint Professional Military Education.
Commander Lowell’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, expert marksmanship awards, and various service and unit awards.