US UK Navy Chiefs Strengthen Partnership

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited London to highlight the importance of the U.S. and Royal Navy partnership June 27-28. During the visit, Richardson met with U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson, Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Sir Nick Carter, and First Sea Lord Adm. Sir Philip Jones. Richardson and Jones also participated in a roundtable discussion at the International Institute for Security Studies, where they discussed strengthening the partnership between their two navies during a time of increasing global maritime competition. “The US has…

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CNO Announces U.S. 2nd Fleet’s Return

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet during a change of command ceremony for U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) in Norfolk, May 4. Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will train, certify and provide maritime forces to respond to global contingencies. Commander, 2nd Fleet will report to USFF. “Our National Defense Strategy makes clear…

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US Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced January 29th the following assignments: Rear Adm. (lower half) Dell D. Bull will be assigned as deputy director, operations and intelligence integration, Joint Improvised – Threat Defeat Agency, Reston, Virginia.  Bull most recently served as special assistant for Naval Air Systems Command, Arlington, Virginia. Rear Adm. (lower half) Paul T. Druggan will be assigned as program director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia.  Druggan is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface Warfare…

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US Navy Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced January 12th the following assignments: Rear Adm. Daniel H. Fillion will be assigned as director, Manpower Account Transition Office, Washington, District of Columbia. Fillion is currently serving as director, global operations, J-3, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Rear Adm. (lower half) John B. Skillman will be assigned as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Skillman is currently serving as deputy commander and chief of staff, Joint Warfare Center, Allied Command…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcement November 22, 2017

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignments: Navy Rear Adm. James S. Bynum will be assigned as director, Assessment Division, N81, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, District of Columbia. Bynum is currently assigned as chief of Naval Air Training, Corpus Christi, Texas. Navy Rear Adm. Randy B. Crites will be assigned as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Budget (FMB); and director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington,…

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7th Fleet Investigation Reinforces Readiness Concerns

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement on the Navy’s investigation into several collisions that took place in the Pacific over the course of the last year. Thornberry’s comments follow a briefing he received from Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations. “I am disturbed by the systemic problems the Navy has uncovered in their investigation of these tragic and fatal accidents. These deaths were entirely avoidable had Pentagon leadership in recent years heeded the warning signs in time, taken…

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US Navy Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced October 17th the following assignments: Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Grady is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe,…

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Chief of Naval Operations and Chairwoman Kay Granger Visit Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Facility

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) visited Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility today to tour the F-35 production line and speak to the men and women building the world’s most advanced air system. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation air system, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcement

October 5, 2017 – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignment: Rear Adm. (lower half) Mary C. Riggs will be assigned as director, research and development, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.  Riggs is currently serving as commander, Navy Reserve Expeditionary Medicine, Falls Church, Virginia.

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Chief of Naval Operations Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

April 12, 2017 – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson toured the Navy’s newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), on April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense. The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy. “Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively,” said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Oceanographer…

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