He replaces Richard O'Hanlon, who held the job for about a year and left last March.
Miller oversees all aspects of maritime safety and nautical operations for the 24-ship fleet, including marine compliance, quality assurance, environmental functions and operational safety. All shipboard deck and bridge personnel, including captains, report to him.
'Rick’s wide-ranging experience and expertise will be of great benefit as we strive for excellence in the critical areas of safety, compliance, ship operations and environmental responsibility, among others,' said Rubén Rodríguez, evp ship operations.
Miller served in a variety of positions within the Navy, including commanding officer/captain of a guided missile destroyer and executive officer/staff captain of a guided missile cruiser. He also held several shoreside positions within the Navy, including managing shipbuilding and repair budgets and, most recently, serving as chief of operations for US Southern Command, responsible for directing all Department of Defense operations in South and Central America and the Caribbean region.
Miller has extensive experience in bridge resource management programs, oversight of damage control, operational and incident risk management, occupational and environmental safety programs, and vessel security. His seagoing experience has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy, master’s degrees in international affairs and national security studies, and is working toward completing Ph.D. requirements in political economy.