USS Harpers Ferry
"First In Freedom"
(March 10, 2017 - Present)
CDR Tammy Royal
Commanding Officer

CDR Tammy Royal is originally from Columbus, GA and served 9 years enlisted as an Electronic Technician. Through the enlisted to commissioning program, she graduated from Norfolk State University in 2000.

CDR Royal’s initial sea tour was in USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) in San Diego, CA where she served as the Communication Officer. While assigned to the RUSHMORE, she deployed to Asia for 6 months. Following her first tour, she was assigned as Combat Information Center Officer in USS AUSTIN (LPD 4) homeported in Norfolk, VA during which was deployed 9 months in support of the Iraq War.

Following completion of Department Head School in 2007, she served as the Chief Engineer Officer in USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) based in Norfolk, VA. During this tour, she deployed to East Africa for 7 months in support of African Partnership Station. Subsequently, she was assigned to COMPHIBRON FOUR in Norfolk, VA as the Operation Officer. During this tour, she deployed with the IWO JIMA Amphibious Group for 7 months.

Finishing 2 department head tours, she reported to COMMANDER, STRIKE FORCE TRAINING ATLANTIC as the Amphibious Readiness Officer (N31) where she accessed and certified a number of Amphibious and Strike Groups and numerous independent deployers. In her most recent operational tour, she served as the Executive Officer in USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20).

For her first shore assignment, CDR Royal served as an Assistant Operations Officer in NAVY BEACH GROUP TWO, Norfolk, VA. During this tour, she earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in addition to completing a 7 month Individual Augmentee in Bagdad, Iraq as the Operation Officer for the Project Contracting Office. Her other shore tour included Commander Navy Region MID-ATLANTIC as the Operational Support Officer and ATG ATLANTIC as the N3.

Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, 7 Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medal and 5 Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various campaign and unit awards.

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