USS Russell
"Strength in Freedom"
CDR Ann McCann
CDR Ann McCann
Commanding Officer (March 2013 - January 2014)

Commander Ann McCann is a native of Clearfield, Utah. She is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 2007 graduate of the Naval Command and Staff program at the Naval War College with a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

After graduation from the Naval Academy, Commander McCann was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer and assigned to USS HAYLER (DD 997), where she served as Electronic Warfare Officer and Strike Officer. Other operational assignments include Navigator and Administrative Officer in USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), Operations Officer in USS PORTER (DDG 78), Operations Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIFTY and Executive Officer in USS HALSEY (DDG 97).

Commander McCann’s assignments ashore include Personal Protocol Officer for the Commander, Supreme Allied Command Atlantic and United States Joint Forces Command; Maritime Domain Chief and Maritime Trainer for the Current Operations Division, Operations Directorate, Headquarters United States Northern Command; Executive Officer for the Director of Operations, United States Northern Command; and student at the Naval War College.

Commander McCann’s most recent assignment was Executive Officer in USS HALSEY (DDG 97). Her crew completed a compressed training cycle and executed a six-month deployment with the CARL VINSON Strike Group. HALSEY completed three months as the CTF 151 flagship, conducting counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and supported 7th Fleet in MALABAR 2012 and theater security cooperation engagements in Australia. After returning from deployment, the ship participated in a number of high-visibility events, including Seattle Sea Fair, San Diego Fleet Week, CNO torpedo testing and a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile test launch. The crew was recognized with consecutive Battle E’s in 2011 and 2012 and her tour culminated in the hull swap of USS HALSEY and USS RUSSELL (DDG 59).

Her decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and other personal and campaign awards. 




 Served with...

CDR James W. Harney
CMDCM(SW/AW) Matt Ruane
LCDR Clay Johnson
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