Captain Richard Jones enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985. After completing Electrician’s Mate and Naval Nuclear Power Training, he was assigned to USS Truxtun (CGN 35).
He left active service in 1991 to complete a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Engineering at Purdue University. While at Purdue, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and deployed in support of peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia.
After graduating in 1997, Capt. Jones worked for the Schlumberger Corporation aboard a seismic surveying vessel. During this time, he received a direct commission into the U.S. Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) in 1999. He then joined the federal workforce as a civilian nuclear engineer at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 2000 to 2002 before his voluntary recall to active duty in 2002.
He received a Naval Engineer’s degree and Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.
His nuclear engineering duty officer tours include qualification while serving as Shipyard Docking Officer and Assistant Project Superintendent (Nuclear) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; Course Director of the Navy’s Engineering Duty Officer School where he also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Virginia-class Submarine Maintenance Coordinator at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) in Groton, Conn.; Submarine Repair Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; and Chief Engineer aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
In 2017, Capt. Jones joined Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility first as the Production Resources Officer and then as Operations Officer. He joined Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet as the Maintenance, Readiness, and Improvements Officer (N43) in 2020.
In June 2021, Capt. Jones assumed command of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, the Navy’s comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, strategically located in the heart of the Pacific and the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii with more than 7,000 civilians, military members and contractors.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (one gold star), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters) and numerous unit and campaign awards.