Captain David Schnell is an honorably retired veteran who served in the US Navy for 27 years. A decorated officer, Captain David Schnell received a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his service. While in the Navy, David Schnell commanded the USS Peleliu, an amphibious warship.
The USS Peleliu, or LHA 5, is an assault ship that maintains national defense by quickly deploying US ground forces in remote locations. Amphibious warships are able to sail while under attack, and they provide the rapid buildup of forces on shores to combat opposition.
In addition to wartime activity, amphibious warships are used in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts. After Hurricane Katrina, a ship carrying thousands of police officers, firefighters, and rescue troops provided relief to New Orleans. Furthermore, amphibious warships provided support in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004.
The USS Peleliu is scheduled for decommissioning on March 31, 2015, making way for a new class of amphibious assault ships.