|Captain Brian T. Mutty
Commanding Officer (July 2018 - October 2019)
Captain Mutty is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and a 1992 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1992. In 1995, he was commissioned following Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
His first assignment at sea was onboard USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN 25) as a Nuclear trained Machinists Mate. Subsequent sea duty assignments include USS LABOON (DDG 58), USS AUSTIN (LPD 4), USS COLE (DDG 67) and USS ROSS (DDG 71). He was the first Executive Officer/Commanding Officer “fleet up” in USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62). During his tour, FITZGERALD won the Battle Effectiveness, Anti-Submarine Warfare Bloodhound and Edward F. Ney Awards, was the DESRON 15 flagship in support of Operation TOMODACHI, hosted Secretary of State Clinton for the signing of the Manila Declaration and conducted the largest live fire ballistic missile defense test to date. He has deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Black Sea, Caribbean Sea, North and South Atlantic and Western Pacific.
Ashore, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School. He served at OPNAV N86 as a Requirements Officer for the Littoral Combat Ship. While at OPNAV, he volunteered for an Individual Augmentation assignment to support Joint CREW Composite Squadron One in Mosul, Iraq. He followed his OPNAV tour with an assignment on the Chief Plans Policy Branch of the Joint Staff, J-7, Operational War Plans Division. Following his Command tour, he reported to Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense as the Director Joint Maritime Operations and served as the Chief of Staff. His most recent assignment was the Deputy Director, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division.
In June 2017, Captain Mutty assumed duties as the Executive Officer of USS Essex (LHD 2).
Captain Mutty's personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards.