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LCDR Robert L. Franklin, III
Commanding Officer

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LCDR Rob Franklin is a native of Marietta, Georgia. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and was commissioned in 2003. He also attended the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration in 2010.
His division officer tours were in USS CARNEY (DDG 64) home ported in Mayport, FL where he served as Strike Officer, Fire Control Officer, and Main Propulsion Assistant from 2003 to 2006. He deployed to SIXTH Fleet in support of Operation IRAQI Freedom and to NAVSOUTH in support of UNITAS PAC and related exercises.
He served in USS MILIUS (DDG 69) homeported in San Diego, CA as Engineer Officer from 2011 to 2012, completing an independent BMD deployment to FIFTH Fleet. He also served in USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI as Engineer Officer from 2012 to 2014, completing an independent BMD deployment to SEVENTH Fleet and supporting various multinational exercises. He served as the Tactical Action Officer for the first-ever intercept of a MRBM target by a SM-3 IB interceptor during Flight Test Mission 22 (STELLAR RAVEN) – the longest exoatmospheric intercept to date.
His ashore tours include Current Operations Officer, Center for Surface Combat Systems; Tactical Action Officer for the first all-Navy Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) Battery (TF HURRICANE) in Baghdad, Iraq; and Operations Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
He assumed command of USS ANZIO 12 May 2017.