Navy Biography

Rear Admiral David H. Lewis

United States Navy
Program Executive Officer, Ships

Rear Admiral David H. Lewis


Rear Admiral Lewis is currently assigned as Program Executive Officer, Ships, where he is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, support craft, and related foreign military sales.  PEO Ships currently has more than 17 ships under construction and an additional 24 ships and craft under contract.

Born at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, Lewis was commissioned in 1979 through the Navy ROTC Program at the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

At sea, Lewis served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his Surface Warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer.  His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program Manager in PEO Ships, where he lead the delivery team for seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.

Lewis’ shore assignments include executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, where he also served as a charter member of the Surface Warfare Enterprise.  Other ship maintenance and acquisition assignments ashore include the Navy Secretariat staff; commander, Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego.

Upon selection to flag rank, Lewis served as Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Lewis earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.  He completed the Seminar Course at the Naval War College Command and Staff School, and received his Joint Professional Military Education certification.  He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with Level III certifications in Program Management and Production Quality Management, and has completed his civilian Project Management Professional certification.

Lewis’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards


Updated: 11 April 2014