Commanding Officer (July 7, 2017 - Present)
CDR Emily Cathey
Commanding Officer

A native of Statesville, North Carolina, Commander Emily Cathey is a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has served in a variety of sea and shore commands.

Cathey’s sea duty assignments include duty on cruisers, carriers, destroyers, patrol boats and littoral combat ships. She served as the gunnery officer aboard USS Cowpens (CG 63), the auxiliaries division officer aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), chief engineer aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57), commanding officer aboard of Patrol Coastal Crew Lima, on USS Squall (PC 7), USS Monsoon (PC 4), and USS Typhoon (PC 5), flag secretary and assistant chief of staff for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight and executive officer aboard USS Independence (LCS 2).

Ashore, Commander Cathey earned a Masters in Strategic Studies (Northeast Asia region) from the Naval Postgraduate School. She served as the central Asia action officer and Asia trans-regional branch action officer in the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) and as the director of staff and command evaluator at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center in San Diego.

Her current assignment is Commanding Officer, USS Independence (LCS 2).

Cathey's decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit and campaign awards.


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