Commanding Officer (December 12, 2013 - Present)
CAPT Michael A. McCartney
Commanding Officer

Captain Michael A. McCartney grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1990.

Captain McCartney's first sea duty assignment was aboard USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41) as Reactor Laboratories Division Officer, Chemistry and Radiological Controls Officer, and Fire Control Officer. Following ARKANSAS, he became a member of the commissioning crew of USS CARNEY (DDG-64) as the Fire Control Officer where he was recognized as the first annual Lanny King Memorial Leadership Award winner. As a department head, he served as the Combat Systems Officer aboard USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD 964) followed by a tour aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as the Reactor Electrical Assistant. He took command of USS SALVOR (ARS 52) in June 2003. During his tour, SALVOR completed a 5 month CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) deployment to the Western Pacific as well as completing several long distance towing operations. USS SALVOR was awarded the COMSURFPAC Battle “E” and Golden Anchor Awards during his command. He took command of USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) in October 2008. During his tour, CHUNG-HOON executed a 6 month Western Pacific and Middle East deployment including direct support of USNS IMPECCABLE, anti-piracy duties, and CARAT 2009 exercises. Captain McCartney was selected as the Pacific Fleet VADM Stockdale Leadership Award recipient for 2010. His most recent assignment was as USS NIMITZ Reactor Officer.

Captain McCartney’s first shore tour was as a Surface Warfare (nuclear) Junior Officer Detailer and Assignments Officer in the Surface Warfare Division of the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN. Following SALVOR’s Change of Command 28 Jan 2005, he earned a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Most recently, he completed a tour as the branch chief for plans and policy in the Joint Operational War Plans Division, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate (J-7) of the Joint Staff, Washington DC. Captain McCartney was selected as the J-7 Action Officer of the Year for 2007.
Captain McCartney's decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Metal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars and various service and unit awards.
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