USS Russell
"Strength in Freedom"
Commanding Officer (January 2014 - June 2015)
CDR James W. Harney
Commanding Officer (January 2014 - June 2015)

CDR James Harney is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky and earned his commission in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy.

His assignments at sea include being the commissioning Damage Control Assistant aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71), CIC Officer aboard USS PETERSON (DD 969), Operations Officer aboard USS MCFAUL (DDG 74), and Operations Officer aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65). During these operational tours, he completed deployments and missions in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School; Served as Surface Warfare Officer, Second Tour Department Head Detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-41; Maritime Operations Planner in the Standing Joint Force Headquarters, and Joint Operations Center Team Chief in the Operations Directorate (J3) of U.S. Africa Command.

Commander Harney’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service campaign and unit decorations.

Commander Harney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Computer Science (Modeling and Simulation focus) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and completed his Joint Service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.



USS Russell Hosts Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
USS Russell in drydock
Navy Reservists Join Crew of USS Russell
Future Nuclear Officers from Across the Nation Tour USS Russell
High School Students Experience a Weekend in the Navy aboard USS Russell
USS Russell Hosts Japanese Destroyer in San Diego
USS Russell Hosts Chinese Navy in San Diego
Seaman Jordan Porcella, assigned to USS Russell competes in rescue swimmer events during Surface Line Week
USS Russell Shows Off New State-of-the-Art Galley
USS Russell Leaps into Next Generation Computing
USS Russell Overcomes Obstacles in Light Off Assessment Preparation

 Served with...

CMDCM(SW/AW) Matt Ruane
LCDR Clay Johnson
CDR Gill McCarthy
Command Master Chief (May 16, 2014 - Present)
May 1, 2015 - Present
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