Admiral John Richardson is chief of naval operations (CNO) for the United States Navy.

Richardson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. In his naval career he has commanded USS Honolulu; served as commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12; commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South; chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; commander, Naval Submarine Forces; among other roles. His staff assignments have included naval aide to the president; assistant deputy director for regional operations on the Joint Staff; and director of strategy and policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Richardson began serving as the U.S. Navy's 31st CNO in September, 2015.

Last Updated: July 13, 2017