Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (June 2011 - July 2012)

Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School Program in Newport, RI. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.

Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As commanding officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff for Operations and Plans for commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice to the Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf as part of the George Washington Battle Group. He served as commanding officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and Air Warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005 he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 6. Additionally, he served as commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007 and commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011.  He became commander, Naval Surface Forces, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in June 2011. 

Shore assignments include: assistant professor NROTC Unit, The Ohio State University; Communications Systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to director Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to deputy chief of staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (N8), and executive assistant to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He additionally served as Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy, Joint Staff (J5) and Director, Programming Division (N80), Navy Staff.

Personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various service medals and unit awards.



Change Of Command (June 3, 2011)
USS George Washington (CVN 76) transits the East China Sea
Opening ceremony for the exercise Talisman Sabre 2011
Daily Update
Daily Update
Daily Update
Daily Update
Paktika PRT talks security near border
SLW 2011
SNA 2012 Symposium
SNA 2012 Symposium
Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander of Naval Surface Forces, presents a coin to a Marine during lunch aboard USS Kearsarge
2011 Sailor of the Year Finalist
Cobra Gold 2012
MIDN Emily Motz, on the phone with VADM Hunt, had the first pick on NROTC ship selection day.
Sea and Shore SOY 2011 Winners
Admiral John Harvey (left), Vice Adm. Richard Hunt (center), and Rear Adm. Davis Thomas (right)
VADM Hunt Tour Of Makin Island In Bahrain
Left to right: Capt. Ian Hall, commanding officer and Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, Deputy Commander
Vice Adm. Richard Hunt discusses humanitarian efforts conducted by US Navy with Chinese Minister of Defense Gen. Liang Guang
The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Waesche moors at Lumut Naval Base.

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