USS San Diego
"Always Watchful"
June 23, 2018 - Present
CAPT John Barnett
Commanding Officer

A native of Clearwater, FL, Capt. Barnett graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation. He was subsequently commissioned in the United States Navy through the Merchant Marine Reserve program. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

Capt. Barnett has served at sea in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. His sea tours include assignments as Communications Officer in USS THORN (DD 988), as a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Detachment Officer-in-Charge at ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT TWO, Operations Officer in USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49), Operations and Plans Officer in the staff of Commander, AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON ELEVEN, Executive Officer in USS TORTUGA (LSD 46) and Commanding Officer in USS TORTUGA (LSD 46) and USS ASHLAND (LD 48).

Ashore, Capt. Barnett has served as instructor and curriculum developer at the Surface Warfare Officer's School in Newport, RI, has completed JPME Phase I and the Naval Operational Planner's Course at the Naval War College, has served as an operational planner in the Plans and Policy Directorate on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and has served on the staff of the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway.

Capt. Barnett assumed command of USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22) on June 22, 2018


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