Joseph T. Freda

Deputy Director China Maritime Studies Institute
Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Lt. Cmdr. Freda was commissioned through the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2003. He is a MH-60S Level IV helicopter pilot both maritime and overland. He has served with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) Eight, DCMA Sikorsky, as a shooter onboard USS George HW Bush; an instructor pilot and department head with HSC-2; and recently as the maintenance department head and officer in charge with HSC-26.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • China
  • HA/DR
  • JPME
  • Piracy
  • Search and Rescue

Professional Highlights


US Naval War College

CMSI Deputy Director


Maintenance Department Head
DET Officer in Charge
2017 HADR Detachment, VIPR hurricanes Maria and Irma
Pilot, LVL IV Maritime/Overland


Safety Department Head
Instructor Pilot

USS George HW Bush

V-2 DIVO/Top Cat
Arresting Gear and Catapult Officer "Shooter"
5th Fleet 2014 Deployment

DCMA Sikorsky

Chief Flight Officer
Government Flight Representative
Test Pilot


Aircraft DIVO/FCPI
2009-USS John C. Stennis 7th Fleet Deployment
2007-USS John C. Stennis 5th Fleet Deployment
Pilot, LVL III Strike/Sea Combat

Wing of Gold


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Commissioned - US Navy
BS in Marine Engineering
USCG 3rd Asst Engineering License - unlimited tonnage


M.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Management

B.S., US Merchant Marine Academy, Marine Engineering

Air University, JPME Level I

PQM, Level I

Naval Safety Center, Aviation Safety Officer

External Memberships and Associations

National Helicopter Association

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