SAN DIEGO – With the traditional exchange of salutes, Cmdr. Ann McCann turned over command of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) to Cmdr. James Harney during a change of command ceremony at the BAE Shipyard in San Diego, Jan.24.
The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 10-month command tour for McCann who led Russell through the most extensive modernization period in the ship’s history.
“The most rewarding thing about serving in the Navy is working with Sailors, our nation's sons and daughters,” said McCann. “While in command of USS Russell, I have had the distinct honor and privilege to serve daily with the best our country has to offer.”
McCann said that she would miss the camaraderie between the crew, chief petty officers (CPO) mess and wardroom, but was confident that all would be in good hands.
"I know that I leave Russell and her crew in the hands of a great commanding officer (CO) and the most capable wardroom and CPO mess in the fleet,” said McCann. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to lead such an inspiring crew."
McCann’s next tour will be as commanding officer of USS McClusky (FFG 41), also homeported in San Diego.
Harney most recently served as Russell’s executive officer (XO) and became commanding officer as part of the CO/XO fleet-up program.
Russell is currently undergoing a 12-month, $70 million Extended Dry Dock Selective Restrictive Availability (EDSRA) at the BAE Shipyard in San Diego. Russell is assigned as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1.