Richard Miller, who served in the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years and possesses extensive experience in shipboard and shoreside global marine operations, has been named vice president of nautical and safety operations for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line.

In this capacity, Miller oversees all aspects of maritime safety and nautical operations for the company’s 24-ship fleet, including marine compliance, quality assurance, environmental functions and operational safety, with all shipboard deck and bridge personnel, including ship captains, reporting to him.  

“We are fortunate to have someone of Rick’s caliber overseeing this important aspect of our operations,” said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president of ship operations.  “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,” Rodriguez added.

During his esteemed career, Miller served in a variety of positions within the U.S. Navy, including commanding officer/captain of a guided missile destroyer and executive officer/staff captain of a guided missile cruiser.

Miller also held several shoreside positions within the Navy, including managing shipbuilding and repair budgets and, most recently, serving as chief of operations for U.S. 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.