CDR Clarence Franklin, USN
United States Naval Observatory
Commander Franklin enlisted in the Navy in 1981, serving as Plane Captain with Attack Squadron 195 in Lemoore, Calif., until 1985, completing one Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Ranger (CV-61).
He became a Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) in 1986 and completed tours at Naval Security Group Activity Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, National Security Agency, Ft. George G. Meade, Md., and Naval Technical Training Center Detachment, Goodfellow AFB, Texas, advancing to Chief Petty Officer in 1993.
Commander Franklin was commissioned a Limited Duty Officer (Cryptology) in 1995 and reported aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) as Signals Warfare Officer, where he completed two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Aboard Vella Gulf, he qualified Surface Warfare Officer and led the ship to the 1997 Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Intelligence Excellence Award.
In October 1997, he reported to NSGA Misawa, Japan, as Direct Support Division Officer and Communications Evaluator and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviation Observer. A tour on staff, Commander, Task Force 57/72 as Staff Cryptologist/Airborne Cryptologic Resource Coordinator (CRC) was completed from December 1999 to November 2001. Commander Franklin changed designators to Restricted Line, Information Warfare (1810) and in December 2001, reported aboard Commander, Pacific Fleet, serving in the Directorate for Information Operations and Cryptology as Current Operations and Requirements Officer.
In October 2004, Commander Franklin reported to Navy Information Operations Detachment, Brunswick, Maine, as Officer in Charge, where he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2006, he reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group TEN, embarked USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75), as Flag Cryptologist/CRC, completing one deployment to the Persian Gulf.
Commander Franklin is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College.
He is the recipient of the 1996 Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Shiphandler of the Year Award and 2001 Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One, Junior Officer of the Year Award; and has over 2,100 career flight hours aboard the EP-3E and P-3(SP) aircraft.