Captain David Hart began his naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer, serving as damage control assistant aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) and auxiliary machinery officer on USS Nicholas (FFG 47). Since becoming an engineering duty officer in 2000, he has served in various technical and program management positions, including: project officer for the Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) in Portsmouth, Virginia; main propulsion inspector with the Board of Inspection and Survey; production officer for the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Sasebo, Japan; production engineer for the LPD 17 Program Office (PMS 317); logistics analyst with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Programming Division (N80), DDG 1000 program manager's representative with SUPSHIP Bath, Maine, Commanding Officer of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center; and DDG(X), Guided Missile Destroyer, Program Manager. In March 2022, Hart assumed his current position as the commanding officer of SUPSHIP Bath in Bath, Maine.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Naval Post Graduate School. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps with Level III certifications in Program Management and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing.
Captain Hart’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.