U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson was approved by the Senate on Wednesday to succeedÂ Adm. Jonathan Greenert as chief of naval operations.
Richardson has directed the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program since November 2012 and will formally transition to the CNO role during a change-of-office ceremony that will occur at the U.S. Naval Academy next month, the military service said Wednesday.
He previously commanded operations of the USS Honolulu nuclear attack submarine and served aboard theÂ USS Parche, USS George C. Marshall and USS Salt Lake City submarines.
His staff assignments included work as naval aide to the U.S. president, assistant deputy director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s regional operations, and director of strategy and policy at the Joint Forces Command.
Richardson is a recipient of the 2001 Vice Adm. James Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.