Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr.

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 50

28 July 2021

Studio portrait of Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr
Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr
Studio portrait of Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr
Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr
Studio portrait of Capt. Robert C. Francis Jr
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 210728-N-OW182-002
 Captain Robert Francis is a native of St. Johns Antigua and graduated with honors from the University of San Diego in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from National University and a Master’s in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. 
Ashore, Captain Francis served as Tactical Training instructor, Deputy Director Ship Specialty Training and the Single Ship ASW Division Officer in Fleet ASW Training Center; Admin Officer on the staff of Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Djibouti in 2003 during an individual Augmentation tour; Surface Nuclear Junior Officer Detailer in Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN; Military Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Asian and Pacific Security Affairs) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Assistant Readiness Officer on the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff.  He most recently served as a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
Francis’ assignments at sea include Communications Officer in USS John Young (DD 973), Reactor Controls and Reactor Training Division Officer in USS John C Stennis (CVN 74), Combat Systems Officer in USS McClusky (FFG 41) and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).   During his Department Head tour in USS McClusky, he was awarded the 2005 Junior Officer Award for Tactical Excellence. 
Captain Francis reported as Executive Officer of USS Lassen (DDG 82) in October 2013 and assumed command in May 2015.  While in command of the “Sea Devils”, he completed two South China Sea patrols, a 5-month change of homeport deployment from Yokosuka, Japan to Mayport, FL, and earned the 2015 Spokane Trophy Award as the top ship in the Pacific Fleet.  Following his XO/CO tour, he served as the Reactor Officer in USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  He reported to Destroyer Squadron Fifty in July 2021.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Junior Officer Tactician of the Year Award and the Black Engineer of the Year, Modern-Day Technology Leader Award.

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