Captain David Cox
Commander, Submarine Squadron 7
Captain Cox, a native of Carrollton, Texas graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering.
Following initial nuclear propulsion and submarine officer training, Captain Cox reported to USS West Virginia (SSBN 736)(Blue) where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols. He has also deployed to the Western Pacific while serving as Engineer Officer aboard USS Topeka (SSN 754) and as Executive Officer aboard USS Charlotte (SSN 766).
Captain Cox commanded USS Louisville (SSN 724) from May 2015 through October 2017. As Commanding Officer, he led Louisville on a Western Pacific deployment and a U.S. Southern Command deployment, representing the Submarine Force at the Chilean Submarine Centennial celebration.
Ashore, Captain Cox has served as an Instructor in the Department of Economics at the United States Naval Academy, a Junior Board Member on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, Force Nuclear Power Officer on the Commander Submarine Force Atlantic Staff, and as Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron 15. Most recently, he commanded Cruise Missile Support Activity, Pacific.
Captain Cox holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and several unit awards.