Richardson served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, completing his service as the Chief of Naval Operations, the top officer in the Navy. During this tenure, he served in the submarine force. He commanded the attack submarine USS Honolulu in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
FREMONT, CA: The executive committee of the Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit civilian educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S.flag Merchant Marine, announced the election of Adm. John Richardson, retired 31st Chief of Naval Operations, as its newest member. Richardson joins the organization as its newest national vice president.
“As the Navy League of the United States looks to continually enhance our support of U.S. naval strategic needs, it is rare to find someone more versed in how our organization can assist in this effort as impactful as Adm. Richardson,” said Navy League National President Bill Stevenson. “We are looking forward to Adm. Richardson’s insights as we continue to enhance our mission of support for all the sea services.”
Richardson served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, completing his service as the Chief of Naval Operations, the top officer in the Navy. During this tenure, he served in the submarine force. He commanded the attack submarine USS Honolulu in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for which he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award. He went on to command at every level of the Navy.
“I look forward to working with the Navy League as we work together to educate and advocate more effectively in support of sea service personnel around the globe,” said Richardson. He also served as naval aide to the United States president, the teacher for prospective submarine commanding officers, and as a director of strategy and policy.
Before leaving the Navy, Richardson served as the Director of Naval Reactors and finished his naval career as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations. Richardson retired from the Navy in August 2019. Post his tenure at the Navy, he joined the boards of directors for The Exelon Corporation, The Boeing Company, and SparkCognition Government Systems. He also serves on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution boards and the Center for New American Security.