Captain David Schnell is executive director of a San Diego-based service organization, Christ Kitchen. Prior to this role, Captain David Schnell gained significant leadership expertise as commander of the USS Peleliu, a US Navy warship. He was responsible for all day-to-day operations for the amphibious aircraft carrier, which was decommissioned in 2015.
Commissioned in 1980, the USS Peleliu traveled approximately 1 million nautical miles during its 35-year career. Approximately 58,000 sailors and Marines served aboard the USS Peleliu. Throughout its history, the ship had a part in many significant events, including carrying American troops to Afghanistan in 2001. In addition, the ship supported an evacuation after Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines and provided assistance after massive floods struck Pakistan in 2010.
The ship, which takes its name from the World War II Battle of Peleliu, will reside in inactive reserve at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At the USS Peleliu’s decommissioning ceremony, veterans and service members who served on the ship paid homage to its history.