CDR James P. Lowell
CDR James P. Lowell
Executive Officer (February 2011 - 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.


Ships of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), USS Stockdale and Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS Surin
USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Operation Tomodachi
USS Essex Returns to Sasebo
USS Essex sailors participate in command physical training
 Sailors direct a Royal Thai Navy Bell 212 helicopter aboard USS Essex (LHD 2).
USS Essex Hosts Flight Deck Reception in Cambodia
USS Essex Sailors Visit Cambodian Orphanage
Sailors assigned to USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines from the 31st MEU return to the ship at Sepangar Naval Base
Sailors on the bridge of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) navigate the ship to the coast of Japan.
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter transports humanitarian assistance supplies.
Sailors move supplies into the hangar bay of USS Essex (LHD 2)
Radiological control technicians inspect cargo for possible low-level radioactive contamination
A member of a Navy radiological assistance team, undergoes a radiological scan after arriving on the flight deck of USS Essex
U.S. Marines and a member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force unload humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
Sailors with Amphibious Squadron 11 direct Japanese utility repair vehicles onto Landing Craft Unit 1634.
Sailors attached to USS Essex (LHD 2) move a fishing boat from a harbor on Oshima Island, Japan.
USS Essex (LHD 2) transits in formation as JS Hyuga (DDH 181) transits in the background.
USS Essex (LHD 2) to offload vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 Served with...

CMDCM(SW/AW) Brannon F. Knox
Captain Fluker
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