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Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 “The Golden Swordsmen”

Commander Alex C. Yu-Rank

Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron 46

Photo By: JoAnne Sorrentino
VIRIN: 220525-D-IF881-2003
A native of Dallas, Texas, Commander Yu-Rank graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. CDR Yu-Rank reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in November 2006 and earned his Naval Pilot Wings in July 2008. CDR Yu-Rank then reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) "Pro's Nest" for initial fleet training as a P-3C pilot. 

CDR Yu-Rank began his operational flying in July 2009 with the "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9). While a "Golden Eagle," he made two operational deployments encompassing the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet AORs. During this tour, CDR Yu-Rank was selected for and graduated from the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) and was designated as a Maritime Weapons and Tactics Instructor. 

In April 2013, CDR Yu-Rank returned to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. Following the FRS IUT syllabus, CDR Yu-Rank was selected to instruct at the MPRWS. While at the MPRWS he served as Assistant Training DH, Fleet Instructor Under Training Lead, and Weapons Officer. He was also selected as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pilot of the Year (2016). In 2016 CDR Yu-Rank was selected for assignment at OPNAV SDC Dallas. While there, he served as the Maintenance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and flew numerous hours in support of the LSRS and AAS programs.

In November 2017, CDR Yu-Rank reported to the "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) for his Department Head tour. During his time there, he completed two operational deployments to the SIXTH and  SEVENTH Fleet AORs and served as the Operations Officer, Training Officer, and Tactics Officer. 
Following the completion of his department head tour in June 2020, CDR Yu-Rank reported to the Pentagon, Joint Staff, J-36 Directorate. While on the Joint Staff, he served as the Operations, Training, and Standardization Branch Chief as well as Assistant Deputy Director for Operations and Presidential Strike Advisor for Operations Team THREE (OT-3).

In May 2022, CDR Yu-Rank reported for duty to Patrol Squadron FOUR SEVEN (VP-47) to serve as the Executive Officer. CDR Yu-Rank has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in the P-3C and P-8A. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (1 award), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and various service awards and ribbons.  


Commander John Pritchett

Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron (VP) 47

Commander Alex C. Yu-Rank

Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron 46

Command Master Chief Danal J. Shaffer

Command Master Chief, Patrol Squadron (VP) 47

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