Keeping the fleet focused on mine-countermeasures readiness
As commander of Naval Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC), RDML Russell Allen is responsible for the development of training, doctrine and tactics of mine countermeasures (MCM) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) for the fleet. His command serves as a focal point for all of the stakeholders in developing fleet warfighting capabilities in the undersea domain.
Allen enlisted in the Navy Nuclear Power Program upon graduation from the University of Texas. He served as an H-46 helicopter pilot, completing three deployments before leaving active duty in 1992 and becoming a Selected Reservist in Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HCS-5), flying HH-60H combat search and rescue helicopters. He was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 while executive officer, and served as deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Air Detachment-Arabian Peninsula. He assumed duties as HSC-5’s commanding officer from June 2004 to October 2005 and led the squadron’s second major deployment to Iraq.
Allen also served a command tour at Navy Reserve, Strike Force Training, Pacific, including an active-duty tour as chief of staff. He later served as deputy commander, Naval Air Force Reserve, and at Third Fleet Joint Force Maritime Component Command as commanding officer from December 2008 to December 2010. He currently also serves the U.S. Seventh Fleet as commander of Task Force 77.
Allen discussed the mine warfare aspect of his portfolio in an interview with Seapower Magazine's Managing Editor, Richard R. Burgess.