Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) David Ferris graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Systems Engineering. In 2008, he was commissioned into the Submarine Community with the Engineering Duty Officer Option. After commissioning, he reported to Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), Panama City, Florida for Second Class Dive School. Following Second Class Dive School, he reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, South Carolina to begin the nuclear officer training pipeline. In 2010, he reported to USS Ohio (SSGN-726), Gold Crew, home ported in Bangor, WA. He earned his Submarine Dolphins on his second deployment while serving as the Damage Control Assistant.
LCDR Ferris lateral transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community in 2011. He reported for his EDO qualification tour at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF), Bremerton, WA. During this tour, LCDR Ferris supported two SSGN drydocking availabilities, traveled to Japan as a Nuclear Zone Manager for USS George Washington (CVN-73), was the sole PSNS&IMF military officer overseeing a contracted drydocking availability for USS Momsen (DDG-92), and served as the Shipyard Docking Officer conducting 25 docking evolutions involving submarines, aircraft carriers, barges, and special vessels.
LCDR Ferris then reported to NDSTC, Panama City, Florida to complete qualification as a Basic Diving Officer, Mixed Gas Diver, and Salvage Officer. Following dive school, he served as a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in pursuit of graduate degrees in Naval and Mechanical Engineering.
LCDR currently serves as the Executive Officer, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center as well as the Sixth Fleet Diving & Salvage Officer.
LCDR Ferris has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign awards.