Richard J. O’Hanlon Appointed to VP – Nautical and Safety Operations for Carnival Cruise Lines


Richard J. O’Hanlon, a former rear admiral in the U.S. Navy with nearly two decades of government and private sector executive experience in maritime operations, maintenance and logistics, was named VP – nautical and safety operations for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines.

O’Hanlon started May 20, reporting to Martin Landtman, Carnival’s SVP of marine operations.

In this newly created position, O’Hanlon will be responsible for all aspects of nautical and safety functions across the line’s 24-vessel fleet, including bridge procedures and nautical operations, as well as firefighting and lifesaving systems. Additionally, all shipboard deck and bridge personnel, including ship captains, will report to him.  

O’Hanlon most recently served as chief operating officer of Long Island, N.Y.-based Talon Air, an air charter company with a fleet of 25 corporate aircrafts where he controlled $40 million in assets. Prior to that, O’Hanlon held a number of prominent maritime positions, including commander of the Naval Air Force Atlantic and deputy chief of staff for logistics and training for U.S. Fleet Forces, both based in Norfolk, Va. O’Hanlon also served as the commanding officer of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, overseeing a team of more than 5,000.

O’Hanlon earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a master’s certification in applied aeronautical engineering from the United States Naval Test Pilot School and a master’s certification in applied nuclear engineering from the United States Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

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