New US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Confirmed

US Navy announced that the Senate confirmed Adm. John M. Richardson, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) August 05, 2015.

Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert who has been CNO since September 2011. Vice Adm. Frank Caldwell, who was also confirmed by the Senate, will succeed Richardson later this month as the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

The change of office ceremony will be held in September at the United States Naval Academy.

Richardson, from Petersburg, Virginia, graduated with a degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. in 1982. Richardson also holds Masters Degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.

Richardson commanded the nuclear attack submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718), served as a naval aide to the President of the United States, as well as numerous other assignments through his career.

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