CAPT Frank J. Michael
CAPT Frank J. Michael
Commanding Officer (January 2010 - July 2011)

Captain Michael, a native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, graduated from College Misericordia in 1986. He earned his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1988.

Following initial flight training in the SH-2F, Captain Michael reported to HSL 32 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia where he completed three deployments and served as Detachment Maintenance Officer. Captain Michael then reported for flight instructor duty at HT 18, NAS Whiting Field, where he served as the squadron’s Administrative Officer and earned an M.A. Degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.

In June 1995, Captain Michael reported to USS GUAM (LPH 9), Naval Station Norfolk as Helicopter Direction Center Officer where he earned his Officer of the Deck (Underway) qualification. Following flight transition to the SH-60B Seahawk, Captain Michael reported to HSL 43 at NAS North Island, California where he deployed to the Western Pacific as Officer-In-Charge of Detachment SIX aboard USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) and served as the squadron’s Maintenance Officer.

In May 2003, Captain Michael reported to HSL 47 as Executive Officer and in September 2004 assumed command of the squadron while underway on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). Under his command, HSL 47 completed a Western Pacific deployment with Carrier Air Wing Two and the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as the first SH-60B squadron ever to integrate with a Carrier Air Wing and participated in Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief to the Tsunami-devastated northern region of Indonesia.

Captain Michael’s staff tours include Flag Aide to Vice Admiral John Nathman, Commander, Naval Air Forces and most recently was assigned to the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In July 2008, Captain Michael reported to USS BOXER (LHD 4) as the ship’s Executive Officer and completed a Western Pacific deployment. In January 2010, Captain Michael assumed command of USS BOXER (LHD 4).

Captain Michael’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), and Navy Achievement Medal (2).



Families enjoy a LCAC display on the flight deck of USS Boxer LHD 4 during a Family Day Cruise
MH-60S Seahawk Helicopter on the Flight Deck of USS Boxer
USS Boxer
Operations Specialist fires an M16 rifle during a weapons qualification session at the Escondido Police range.
ABFAR Michael McCormics runs alongside students from Lakeside Farms Elementary School for their jog-a-thon fundraising event.
From empty to fed: Boxer galley preps for return to service
100428-N-2086-G002 Kimberly Miller (left), of the USS Boxer’s Family Readiness Group, discusses future activities with Boxer Sai
A Boxer Sailor tries to read a document while wearing distorting goggles which simulate the effects of alcohol.
The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) passes Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL) as it enters San Diego Bay
Capt. Frank Michael, Commanding Officer, leads a tour group of students from Lyceé Saint Michel HS, Solesmes, Fran
Newly naturalized service members recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony
Midshipmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) get an introduction to the ship’s Primary Flight Control from th
HC1 Linda Grant practices inserting an intravenous needle into HC3 Ricardo Perez’ arm in the intensive care unit
The Chief Petty Officer Mess of USS Boxer (LHD 4) sing “Anchors Aweigh” to welcome the newest chiefs to their society.
Inflatable Boat Hoist Training Aboard USS Boxer
Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group Complete Certification Exercise
Marines embarked aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) man the rails in the hangar bay of the ship
ESG 5 visits USS Boxer
USS Boxer LHD 4
The Lone Star State was represented on the USS Boxer (LHD 4)

 Served with...

CAPT Kevin P. Flanagan
CMDCM(SW/AW) Douglas W. Lattimer
CAPT John E. Gumbleton
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