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John M. Richardson

CHANGE OF OFFICE 2019 Chief of Naval Operations

Change of Office 2019 Chief of Naval Operations


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Schedule of Events

August 22, 2019 | 1000

Sail Loft, Washington Navy Yard, D.C.



Master of Ceremonies

Captain Thomas R. Williams, USN

Musical Prelude


Arrival of the Official Party


National Anthem

U.S. Navy Band


Father Francis P. Foley, Captain, CHC, USN

Secretary of Navy Remarks

The Honorable Richard V. Spencer

Presentation of Awards


CNO Richardson Remarks


Reading of Orders


CNO Gilday Remarks




Adm. Richardson and Family Piped Ashore


Departure of the Official Party



Past Chiefs of Naval Operations

1915 – 1919                                        Admiral William S. Benson

1919 – 1923                                        Admiral Robert E. Coontz

1923 – 1927                                        Admiral Edward W. Eberle

1927 – 1930                                        Admiral Charles F. Hughes

1930 – 1933                                        Admiral William V. Pratt

1933 – 1937                                        Admiral William H. Standley

1937 – 1939                                        Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy

1939 – 1942                                        Admiral Harold R. Stark

1942 – 1945                                        Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King

1945 – 1947                                        Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

1947 – 1949                                        Admiral Louis E. Denfeld

1949 – 1951                                        Admiral Forrest P. Sherman

1951 – 1953                                        Admiral William M. Fechteler

1953 – 1955                                        Admiral Robert B. Carney

1955 – 1961                                        Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

1961 – 1963                                        Admiral George W. Anderson Jr.

1963 – 1967                                        Admiral David L. McDonald

1967 – 1970                                        Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

1970 – 1974                                        Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.

1974 – 1978                                        Admiral James L. Holloway III

1978 – 1982                                        Admiral Thomas B. Hayward

1982 – 1986                                        Admiral James D. Watkins

1986 – 1990                                        Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost

1990 – 1994                                        Admiral Frank B. Kelso II

1994 – 1996                                        Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda

1996 – 2000                                        Admiral Jay L. Johnson

2000 – 2005                                        Admiral Vernon E. Clark

2005 – 2007                                        Admiral Michael G. Mullen

2007 – 2011                                        Admiral Gary Roughead

2011 – 2015                                        Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert

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The Honorable

Richard V. Spencer

Richard V. Spencer of Wyoming was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy Aug. 3, 2017.

A Connecticut native, Spencer graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector.

Spencer worked on Wall Street for 16 years with responsibilities centered on investment banking services and a particular focus on strategic advisory services and capital market underwriting. After three years as president of Crossroads Investment Management LLC, a leading venture capital and private equity fund-of-funds investment firm, Spencer joined Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE-ICE), the leading electronic commodity futures exchange, as chief financial officer. ICE introduced transparency and risk management to the global derivatives markets. As vice chairman he was responsible for the transition of the company from private to public, including initial board of directors recruitment, the initial public offering and the subsequent three secondary offerings, financial reporting, strategy development and implementation, and human resources management. From 2007 to 2017 Spencer was the managing director of Fall Creek Management, LLC.

Spencer served on the Board of Directors of Global Atlantic Financial Group, ENGAGEcx LLC, 86Borders LLC and StarPound Technologies. His charitable activities include board service on the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Veterans Campaign/Center for Second Service, and Honoring Our Vets. Spencer Served on the Defense Business Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.

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John M. Richardson

Adm. John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and National Security Strategy from the National War College.

At sea, Richardson served on USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Richardson also served as commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; commander, Naval Submarine Forces, and director of Naval Reactors.

His staff assignments include duty in the attack submarine decision on the chief of naval operations staff; naval aide to the president; prospective commanding officer instructor for Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Staff; and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Richardson served on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon. He was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.

Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations September 18, 2015.

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Michael M. Gilday

Adm. Mike Gilday is the son of a Navy Sailor. A surface warfare officer, he is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.

At sea, he deployed with USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Princeton (CG 59), and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). He commanded the destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) and subsequently, commanded Destroyer Squadron 7, serving as sea combat commander for the Ronald Regan Carrier Strike Group.

As a flag officer, he served as commander Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet.

His staff assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the staff of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Joint assignments include executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and naval aide to the President.

As a flag officer, he served in joint positions as director of operations for NATO’s Joint Force Command Lisbon; as chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; director of operations, J3, for U.S. Cyber Command; and as director of operations, J3, for the Joint Staff. He recently served as director, Joint Staff.

He has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous awards and is the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (five awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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The Sailor’s Creed


I am a United States Sailor.

I will support and defend the Constitution of

the United States of America and I will obey the

orders of those appointed over me. I represent

the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who

have gone before me to defend freedom and

democracy around the world. I proudly serve

my country’s Navy combat team with Honor,

Courage and Commitment. I am committed

to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

Photos of Adm Richardson

Photos of Adm Richardson

United States Navy Chief of Naval Operations seal

Published: Wed Sep 18 08:20:23 EDT 2019