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, has been named vice president – nautical and safety operations for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator.

O’Hanlon started May 20, reporting to Martin Landtman, Carnival’s senior vice president 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.

“We are privileged to have such a highly experienced professional oversee this critically important role within our marine operations area,” said Landtman. “Rich’s outstanding level of expertise and diverse skill set will be a major asset to our nautical and safety operations.”

O’Hanlon most recently served as chief operating officer of Long Island, N.Y.-based Talon Air, Inc., 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.

Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles.  The company’s 25th ship, an as-yet-unnamed 135,000-ton vessel, is scheduled for delivery in spring 2016.