Capt. Max Clark was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a B.S. in Physics. He holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1994.
Captain Clark assumed command of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Aug.1, 2019.
Upon completion of initial training in the SH-60F and HH-60H helicopters, Clark was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS) 15 based in Jacksonville, FL, completing deployments on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
For his initial shore tour, Clark reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX 1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD where he served as Operational Test Director and qualified in the SH-60B and MH-60S aircraft.
In 2001, Clark reported to the staff of Carrier Air Wing NINE as the Anti-Submarine Warfare and Combat Search and Rescue Officer and deployed on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Clark’s department head tour was with HS-8 in San Diego, CA, completing deployments on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Clark reported to the Dragonslayers of HS-11 in Jacksonville, FL as the Executive Officer and assumed command from December 2009 to April 2011. He deployed on USS Enterprise supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and anti-piracy operations.
After completing nuclear power training, Clark reported as Executive Officer of USS Harry S. Truman from April 2014 to April 2016 and deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He then commanded USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) from May 2017 to August 2018, completing a deployment that supported Operation Odyssey Resolve.
Additionally, Clark served on the staff of U.S. Joint Forces Command and worked as a Washington DC and Congressional Liaison Officer. He also completed a tour at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as the Helicopter Commander Detailer and Deputy Director for Aviation Officer Distribution. During his aviation career, he has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours.