Temple City Native Serves Aboard USS Essex

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 16, 2021) Aviation Electronics Mate Airman David Loo, from Temple City, Calif., poses for a photo aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Nov. 16. Essex and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joe Rolfe)

A Temple City, California, native is serving aboard USS Essex, a U.S. Navy Wasp class amphibious assault ship.

Airman David Loo is a 2014 Arcadia High School graduate. Today, Loo serves as a aviation electrician’s mate.

Aviation electrician’s mates maintain electrical and instrument systems, including power generation, conversion, and distribution systems; aircraft batteries; interior and exterior lighting; electrical control of aircraft systems, including hydraulic, landing gear, flight control, utility, and power plant engine, flight and non-instrument-type indicating and warning systems; automatic flight control and stabilization systems; aircraft compass systems; attitude reference systems; and inertial navigation systems.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted a new and exciting experience,” said Loo.

According to Loo, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Temple City.
“My hometown taught me that everyone has something different to offer,” said Loo.

Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Essex is the second ship in the Wasp-class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships and the fifth ship named for Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex was a 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat of the U.S. Army and later U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

According to Navy officials, amphibious assault ships are designed to deliver U.S. Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts. Designed to be versatile, the ship has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned, as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations.

There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers while serving in the Navy.

“I am proud of maintaining a good professional attitude while serving in the Navy,” said Loo.
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Loo, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

“To me, serving in the Navy means honor, courage and commitment,” added Loo.