President nominates new commander of sub force

The president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. John M. Richardson to become the next commander of the Submarine Force.

Richardson would also be promoted to the rank of vice admiral, according to a Defense Department release today. He is currently serving as the director for Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Operations and Intelligence, and the deputy commander for the U.S. 6th Fleet.

Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, a Groton native, is the current commander of the Submarine Force. He said during a July visit to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton that he plans to retire after his change of command this fall, with 35 years of commissioned service.

Richardson would need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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