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Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti Nominated to Lead U.S. 6th Fleet

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, makes an announcement on the public announcement system on the bridge of guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73) 2016. US Navy Photo

Navy Rear Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti was nominated by President Trump for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, 6th Fleet, according to a statement from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Franchetti is currently stationed at the Pentagon where she is the Chief of Staff of J-5, the joint staff which proposes strategies, plans, and policy recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

If confirmed, Franchetti will also be commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe, Naples, Italy.

Franchetti will take over at 6th Fleet at a time of increased Russian naval activity in Europe – including both continual submarine presence as well as sporadic aggressive behaviors such as buzzing American ships and planes. But serving in hotspots is nothing new for Franchetti. Before her current job in the Pentagon, Franchetti was commander Naval Forces Korea.

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, then commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea lays a flower during a March 25, 2015 remembrance service in Seoul, South Korea, honoring sailors lost in the 2010 sinking of the ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772) after being struck by a North Korean torpedo. The lives of 46 sailors onboard were lost along with a Republic of Korea navy diver who died during the subsequent rescue efforts. (U.S. Navy Photo)

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, then commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea lays a flower during a March 25, 2015 remembrance service in Seoul, South Korea, honoring sailors lost in the 2010 sinking of the ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772) after being struck by a North Korean torpedo. The lives of 46 sailors aboard were lost along with a Republic of Korea navy diver who died during the subsequent rescue efforts. US Navy Photo

Franchetti, a native of Rochester, N.Y., was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Her first tour of duty was as training/special programs officer at Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 13. In 1987, she was selected for lateral transfer to the surface warfare community.

The following is the biography of Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti, Chief of Staff, J-5 The Joint Staff.

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti is a native of Rochester, New York. She was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Her first tour of duty was as training/special programs officer at Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 13. In 1987, she was selected for lateral transfer to the surface warfare community.

Her sea assignments include auxiliaries officer and first division officer on USS Shenandoah (AD 44); navigator and jumboization coordinator on USS Monongahela (AO 178); operations officer on USS Moosbrugger (DD 980); combat systems officer and chief staff officer for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2; executive officer of USS Stout (DDG 55); and assistant surface operations officer on the USS George Washington Strike Group.

Franchetti commanded USS Ross (DDG 71); DESRON-21, embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and CSG-15. She also served as commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Her assignments ashore include commanding officer, Naval Reserve Center Central Point, Oregon; aide to the vice chief of naval operations; protocol officer for the Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; 4th Battalion officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; division chief, Joint Concept Development and Experimentation, on the Joint Staff, J7; deputy director of international engagement and executive assistant to deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5) on the Navy staff; military assistant to the secretary of the Navy; and commander, U.S. Navy Forces Korea.

Franchetti is a graduate of the Naval War College and holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ed L

    Good choice. Surface Officer too

  • DaSaint

    Congrats on her promotion!

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  • “Arctic Para ”

    Bad Appointment..She has Little ( USS Ross (DDG 71)……or NO …..”Command @ Sea” Experience…

    • Rocco

      Judging the awards she received & all the ship’s she served on I think it’s a great choice!! Or is it because she’s a woman you have a problem??

      • “Arctic Para ”

        Rocco,
        Sadly ..you Misjudge me..I’ve served with some Great women warriors…
        I’m commenting on her pass assignments…serving on…and COMMANDING are 2 VERY different things…so you know

        US.Navy 74-78
        US Army 80-85
        French Foreign Legion 91-96

        • “Arctic Para ”

          I was on the USS Ranger CV-61
          ABH-3..V1 Div / Fly 1 “Yellowshirt”

          • Rocco

            Forrestal – CV -59 V-4 division & later VF-74 phantoms

          • “Arctic Para ”

            AGAIN..
            here’s the Admiral’s Record…
            DO you believe she has what it takes to COMMAND the 6th Fleet…???..

          • Rocco

            You cut & paste what was already in the article to make what point here?? To go to this length to degrade her is BS dude!!

          • “Arctic Para ”

            wow..didn’t
            think id get that response from a former Sailor…
            and then to call BS…and DUDE..??

            were done..I’ve chewed to much DIRT..here and abroad..to be disrespected
            SHE simple DOE’s NOT have Command experience

            Here’s the Former Vice Admirals BIO…NOTE the “COMMAND” experience…

          • Rocco

            Ta ta

          • “Arctic Para ”

            Good luck,
            too bad we coulnd’t have had a “CIVIL Chat”..
            I’d love to talk to about VF-74..Phantoms and Navy in general

          • Rocco

            That would be off topic. Besides you already made your bed with me!!

          • muzzleloader

            You sound like Duane.

          • Rocco

            No I sound like me!!

          • Duane

            You sound like someone who likes to troll and make personal attacks instead of addressing the subject of the post and the comment thread.

          • “Arctic Para ”

            its ok…we sorted it out…sadly him and I shared much in Carrier Avaition…and i was hoping to talk to him about his experiences…but???

          • Duane

            Yes – she commanded a major surface warship – a DDG – and then she commanded a squadron of DDGs, and commanded a Carrier Strike Group – our largest and most powerful naval force. Most admirals in the Navy since the end of World War Two have only one ship command followed by a squadron command, before moving on to other fleet roles such as commanding CSGs. That’s the norm. In my service on an SSN in the Cold War in the 1970s, I had two COs. Both commanded only a single SSN, then moved to SubRon command, then moved on to other support roles in the fleet. One retired as RAdm and the other retired as VAdm.

            What is your beef?

          • “Arctic Para ”

            ..

          • “Arctic Para ”

            Duane /Rocco…you GUYS are Correct…SHES A GREAT CHOICE…
            I dont know much about Military…but if TRUMP says shes the one…cuz he knows best….Good luck to the Admiral

          • Duane

            Trump’s judgment is always suspect. But all he did was put his approval on a recommendation that CNO forwarded to him.

          • “Arctic Para ”

            Duane…i must apoylgise….i was rather put off by Rocco…and was being abit sarcastic…
            I understand the way appointments work…
            and i guess you may gather…I’m NOT a big Trump fan..(6 deferments from Vietnam)

        • Rocco

          FFL huh!! Nice! Well the women you may if served with may have been fighting people doesn’t me she can’t handle the position!! So do I have you misjudged?? No! Maybe you are misjudging the admiral!! Do you know her personally? Or her quals??.
          A smart man with your experience shouldn’t passed judgment!!

        • Duane

          But she DID command … she commanded a major surface warship (DDG) and then an entire squadron of DDGs and a CVN Strike Group. That’s the usual command tour for naval flag officers before they move on to other senior roles.

          • “Arctic Para ”

            yes,we already established that

          • “Arctic Para ”

            Duane
            curious what your service record is..???

          • Duane

            I was a reactor operator on a 637 class SSN in the 70s. I think our boat was pretty typical – we performed very well to high standards, and both my COs went on to flag rank. Back then, as it appears to be the case still today, the nuke navy was the opposite of the surface navy in terms of performance and standards. It’s partly because submarine duty is naturally hazardous and so tends to “concentrate the mind”, as Winston Churchhill put it when describing what it was like to be shot at by the enemy … and partly due to the almost maniacal dedication to safety and the highest of operating standards that Admiral Rickover unilaterally established in the nuke navy. He knew that with so many enemies of his program in the “regular navy” he could not afford screw ups that would never raise an eyebrow in the conventional surface fleet.

          • “Arctic Para ”

            VERY Good answer thank you….and Thank you for your service

          • “Arctic Para ”

            I could’t agree more…Just look at USS Fitzgerald / Macain… incidents

    • Duane

      Most flag rank officers spend only one tour as commander of a major warship (like a destroyer or SSN or SSBN or CVN), then move on to commander of a squadron of same, and strike group command, and then move on to various other roles on other ships and fleets, both command and staff, before getting their flags. That’s the norm, and that is exactly what RAdm Franchetti (soon to be VAdm) did in her career path.

      So what is your beef about her command experience, unless you think that something extra-ordinary is required to promote a female to command of the 6th fleet?

      • “Arctic Para ”

        I Have no “BEEF” as you say….I simple stated that compared to VADM Grady..who she is replacing…she Lacks @ Sea Command experience…

  • Ed L

    She did command and didn’t run it aground or have a Collision. Successful leadership tour. Then a squadron commander!! I served under many a Captain That only had one ship as CO and when on to get their star. I did serve with one who commanded an LST, LSD and LPD then retired. Three ships and no star

  • Capt DJ

    I was her XO on the mighty MOOSE. She was an outstanding officer and my top department head. I have watched her career with interest and have not been at all surprised by her success. The fact of today’s Navy is that leadership both in the fleet and in the Pentagon are essential for high rank. She has excelled at both. Based on personal experience- I firmly believe she is an outstanding choice.