Commander Coles is the former commanding officer of the USS Ross (DDG-71). His

transfer to the U.S. Mission to NATO is on hold, like many others in the military, because of COVID-19. He remains in Rota, Spain, where he is serving as the CTF-65/ComDesRon 60 COVID-19 officer.

Articles by David Coles

 The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) departs Naval Station Rota, Spain, in late March for its eighth patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations.

Handling a Cyclone

By Lieutenant Commander David S. Coles, U.S. Navy
November 2012
Handling a Cyclone By Lieutenant Commander David S. Coles, U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer Command School (SWOS) offers superb simulators and instruction to prepare prospective commanding officers. The instructors at ...
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Bring the Navy Back to Sea

By Lieutenant David S. Coles, U.S. Navy
August 2009
Individual augmentee Sailors have performed well on the Horn of Africa. But the time has come to climb back aboard ships.