Naval Oceanography


 Capt. Raymond "Rich" Delgado, USN

 Captain Raymond "Rich" Delgado, USN

Chief of Staff

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command   


A native of Hollandale, Minnesota, Captain Delgado enlisted in the Navy in 1986. He completed the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program, earning a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. He holds bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Iowa State University, dual master’s degrees in meteorology and physical oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in hydrography from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Afloat, Capt. Delgado served on amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans as oceanography division officer and earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification during a Western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployment. He was assigned to Carrier Strike Group 12 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, where he served as staff oceanographer, navigator and group scheduler. During this tour, he participated in certification of the first Navy ship rated exclusively to sail by electronic navigation, cruiser USS Cape St George, and he deployed to the North Atlantic on board the cruiser USS Anzio. Capt. Delgado served as staff oceanographer and Current Operations Director for Commander, Third Fleet.

Capt. Delgado’s ashore assignments included tours at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center and Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Rota, Spain, as well as the Naval Oceanographic Office. He served as Executive Officer then later as Commanding Officer of Fleet Survey Team. He staff assignment included the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he served as Plans, Exercises and Theater Security Cooperation officer. Capt. Delgado completed his major command tour at Fleet Weather Center, Norfolk, in April 2015 and is currently assigned as Chief of Staff, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, CTG 80.7, Stennis Space Center, Miss.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four stars), Navy Commendation Medal (three stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one star) and various service and campaign awards.