Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, HSC-25
CDR Frank "Francis" Loforti is a native of Fresno, California; he graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2000. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in July of 2000. He completed flight training in Pensacola and he was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2001.
Following flight training CDR Loforti reported to the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapons System Training School in Norfolk, VA for initial training in the MH-53E. In September 2002 he reported to the "Black Stallions" of HC-4. During his tour in Sicily with the "Black Stallions," he deployed to Fujairah, UAE and Camp Buehring, Kuwait in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He also participated in several logistics and VIP operations throughout the European Theater.
Following his fleet tour, CDR Loforti reported to the "Boomers" of VT-27. CDR Loforti completed his instructor tour with over 1000 mishap-free flight hours in the T-34C. During his tour, he served as the squadron's Safety Officer and the Standardization Officer and earned an MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
In 2009, CDR Loforti reported to Mine Countermeasures Squadron ONE as a planning officer and eventually took over as the Operations officer for MCMRON ONE. CDR Loforti planned and participated the squadron's participation in ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN, KEY RESOLVE/FOAL EAGLE and CLEAR HORIZON exercises.
In 2011, CDR Loforti reported to the "Golden Falcons" of HSC-12, San Diego, CA where he deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). While serving with the "Golden Falcons" CDR Loforti served as the Officer-in-Charge of HSC-12 Detachment ONE embarked on the USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10). CDR Loforti completed his tour as the Squadron Operations Officer and homeport shifted with the squadron to Atsgui, Japan where he deployed on USS George Washington (CVN 73).
In 2013, CDR Loforti reported to the United States Naval War College where he earned an MS Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In February 2014 he reported to United States Strategic Command. He was assigned to the J533 directorate where he was an action officer in the International Engagements and Security Cooperation branch. In September 2017 he reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25) as the Executive Officer. In October 2018, CDR Loforti assumed command of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25).
CDR Loforti has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours, in various aircraft including the MH-53E Sea Dragon, the MH-60S Knighthawk and other training aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight and Individual Act Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and various other personal, unit, and campaign awards.