Richardson to take over as chief of naval operations Friday

John M. Richardson


By LAUREN KING | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: September 17, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Adm. John M. Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert as chief of naval operations in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Richardson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 31st chief on Aug. 5. He has previously served as the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

In a farewell message posted online, Greenert said he's leaving the Navy in "excellent hands." Greenert, who is retiring, has been the Navy chief since Sept. 2011.

Richardson, 55, is from Petersburg. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a degree in physics. He also has master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National War College.

His career achievements include commanding the nuclear attack submarine Honolulu, serving as a naval aide to the president and receiving the Vice Adm. James Stockdale for inspirational leadership award in 2001, according to a Navy news release.

The ceremony will be live streamed at navy.mil.

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