Deputy Commander

Executive OfficerCDR Art K. Palalay

CDR Art K. Palalay
United States Navy


CDR Art Palalay entered the Navy via the Delayed Entry Program in June 1993 and attended Boot Camp at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Following Boot Camp graduation, he reported to Service School Command at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois and completed his required new accession apprenticeship training as a Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic (GSM) and graduated with distinction. 

His assignments on sea duty as an enlisted Sailor include USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), USS PRINCETON (CG 59), USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) and USS VINCENNES (CG 49) with multiple deployments through Fifth (5th) and Seventh (7th) Fleet area of operations.

Palalay was advanced to Chief Petty officer in 2003 on board USS VINCENNES (CG 49). He was selected as a Limited Duty Officer and commissioned as an ENSIGN in March of 2006.

At sea, Palalay’s commissioned assignments include Assistant Chief Engineer (ACE) and Ship’s Maintenance and Material Officer (SMMO) on board USS CHOSIN (CG-65) from 2006 to 2009; Auxiliaries Officer and Boiler’s Officer on board USS ESSEX (LHD 2) from 2009 to 2011; Main Propulsion Assistant and Chief Engineer on board USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) from 2012 to 2016; Main Propulsion Assistant and Chief Engineer onboard USS BOXER (LHD 4) from 2017 to 2020. 

Ashore, Palalay served as Officer In Charge (OIC) for Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) San Diego from 2011 to 2012; Surface Engineering Limited Duty and Chief Warrant Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) from 2016 to 2017 and Readiness Officer at Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP) from 2020 to 2023; Executive Officer at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from 2023 to present. 

Palalay graduated from the Trident International University with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Leadership. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), the Good Conduct Medal (four awards) and a variety of unit and campaign awards.