US Navy names its 15th Master Chief Petty Officer

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, left, congratulates Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith after announcing his selection as the 15th MCPON. Photo: US Navy

The US Navy has appointed Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith as its 15th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

The decision was announced by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson on August 29.

Smith is taking over from Master Chief Steven Giordano who stepped down on June 21 after reports emerged he had created a toxic work environment.

“After a thorough and deliberate review process, I am confident that Fleet Master Chief Smith is the right leader to be our Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Richardson. “I look forward to working with him to advocate for our sailors and their families selflessly serving around the world.”

As the Navy’s 15th MCPON, Smith will serve as the senior-ranking enlisted leader and advisor to the CNO.

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