Alan Richards

Vice Admiral Alan David Richards, CB, JP (born 1958) is a retired Royal Navy officer who served as Chief of Defence Intelligence from 2012 to 2015.

Alan Richards
Born1958 (age 6061)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1977–2015
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Defence Intelligence
United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group
HMS Cumberland
HMS Monmouth
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

Richards joined the Royal Navy in 1977.[1] He became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Monmouth and then of the frigate HMS Cumberland in which he saw operational service during the Gulf War.[1] He went on to be Director of Force Development in 2002, Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group in 2006, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (International Security Policy) in 2007 and then Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Resources and Plans) in 2009.[2] He became Chief of Defence Intelligence in January 2012 on promotion to vice admiral.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Chris Nickols
Chief of Defence Intelligence
Succeeded by
Philip Osborn
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