Alan Richards

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Alan Richards
Born 1958
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1977 -
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Monmouth
HMS Cumberland
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

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

Naval career[edit]

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 of the Carrier Strike Group in 2004, 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