Commanding Officer (May 2011 - November 2011) 
LCDR Gerald P. Lorio
Commanding Officer(May 2011 - November 2011)

A native of New Roads, Louisiana, LCDR Paul Lorio began his naval career at the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and received his Commission in May of 2000.

His first assignment was as a division officer in USS STOUT (DDG-55) home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia. There he served as the Electrical Officer, First Lieutenant, Gunnery Officer, and Anti- Terrorism Officer through two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea. In December 2003, Lieutenant Commander Lorio reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis and completed Phase I of his Professional Military Education.

In January of 2007, following completion of the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head curriculum, Lieutenant Commander Lorio reported to USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG-60) home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and deployed to the Western Pacific where he served as Engineer Officer. In July of 2008, he completed his Chief Engineer tour and reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron ONE where he served as squadron Materiel Officer. Lieutenant Commander Lorio was selected for early command and reported in December of 2009 as Executive Officer in MCM Crew DOMINANT deployed in USS SCOUT (MCM 8) to the Arabian Gulf. In April of 2010, MCM Crew DOMINANT embarked USS CHAMPION (MCM 4) in San Diego, California, where LCDR Lorio assumed command of the crew and CHAMPION on August 6th, 2010. In May of 2011, MCM Crew DOMINANT deployed to the Arabian Gulf where LCDR Lorio assumed command of USS SCOUT (MCM 8).

Lieutenant Commander Lorio’s personal decorations include four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.

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