Philip S. Davidson

Philip Scot Davidson (born August 24, 1960) is a four-star admiral in the United States Navy who currently serves as the 25th commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command since May 30, 2018. He previously served as the commander of United States Fleet Forces Command and United States Naval Forces Northern Command from 2014 to 2018. Davidson is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Philip S. Davidson
Born (1960-08-24) August 24, 1960
Cincinnati, Ohio
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1982–present
Commands heldUnited States Indo-Pacific Command
United States Fleet Forces Command
United States Sixth Fleet
Carrier Strike Group 8
USS Gettysburg
USS Taylor
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (6)

On April 24, 2018, the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed Davidson to succeed Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. as the commander of United States Pacific Command. The change of command ceremony happened on May 30, 2018.[1] On that same day, United States Pacific Command was renamed to United States Indo-Pacific Command.[2] When Admiral Kurt W. Tidd retired, Davidson received the title of "Old Salt".

A surface warfare officer, Davidson has deployed across the globe in frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. Davidson's previous command assignments include Carrier Strike Group 8 (Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group), USS Gettysburg, and USS Taylor. He also served as the commander of United States Sixth Fleet and the commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, while simultaneously serving as the deputy commander of United States Naval Forces Europe - Naval Forces Africa.

Ashore, Davidson has served in fleet, interagency, and joint tours as a flag officer; he was previously the director of maritime operations at United States Fleet Forces Command, the senior military advisor to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the State Department, and the deputy director for strategy and policy in the J-5 directorate of the Joint Staff. He served earlier in his career in policy, strategy, and operations billets on multiple tours with the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, the Navy staff, and the Joint Staff, and as the Navy’s military aide to the Vice President of the United States.

Davidson is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval War College. He has a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies and a Bachelor of Science in physics.

Awards and decorations

Surface Warfare Officer Pin
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star Defense Superior Service Medal w/ 1 bronze oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit w/ 1 silver award star
Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 2 award stars and Combat V
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 bronze service star Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with "O" Device
Navy E Ribbon w/ 3 Battle E devices Superior Honor Award Certificate National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 service star Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 5 service stars Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Command at Sea insignia
United States Indo-Pacific Command Badge
Vice Presidential Service Badge


  1. Eckstein, Megan. "SASC Confirms Davidson Nomination as Next PACOM Commander". U.S. Naval Institute. USNI News. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  2. "U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony". U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Public Affairs Communication & Outreach. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
William E. Gortney
United States Fleet Forces Command
Succeeded by
Christopher W. Grady
Preceded by
Harry B. Harris Jr.
United States Indo-Pacific Command
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