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As a Department Head, he served in LCS CREW 104 as Combat Systems Officer. During this tour he completed USS FORT WORTH’s (LCS 3) Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials and the first LCS operational deployment to SEVENTH FLEET supporting the multi-national AIRASIA Search and Rescue efforts. He also served as Operations Officer in USS MILWAUKEE (LCS 5) where he commissioned and sailed through the Welland Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway. CDR Richardson’s last sea assignment was as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration for Commander, Carrier Strike Group ONE embarked on the CARL VINSON (CVN 70).
Ashore, he served in Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Force Navigator, SWO Programs Coordinator, and on the LCS Implementation Team. He also completed student tours at the Naval Postgraduate School and at the Eisenhower School completing JPME Phases I & II.
Richardson assumed duties as Executive Officer of future USS SANTA BARBARA in March 2022 and will sail away from Mobile, Al in late 2022.
CDR Richardson’s military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit, campaign, and service awards.