A 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Captain Richard K. Farrell is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and attended secondary school in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Following his initial assignment as Main Propulsion Assistant and Assistant Navigator in the destroyer USS EATON, Captain Farrell served in a variety of billets including duty in the guided missile destroyers USS MITSCHER and USS COCHRANE, the guided missile cruiser USS ENGLAND, and as the fifteenth Commanding Officer of USS BERKELEY from June 1985 to July 1987.
In January 1990, he assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 17, where he served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander in Battle Group Sierra, which participated in the major Pacific Ocean multi-national naval exercise, RIMPAC. Destroyer Squadron 17 staff was the first unit ordered to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield. During this period, Captain Farrell was responsible for tactical control of the initial seven ships assigned to Desert Shield. The units conducted maritime defense operations in the Persian Gulf in cooperation with the navies of Gulf littoral nations and seven allied nations. Responsible for initiating maritime intervention operations in the Persian Gulf, Destroyer Squadron 17 coordinated the interception of over 3,000 vessels.
Captain Farrells other assignments include duty with the Naval Advisory Group, Republic of Vietnam; as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; in the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director for Operations Division; and on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific. Captain Farrell served as Director, Surface Officer Distribution Division and Surface Captain Detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel from March 1992 to March 1994, when he relieved as Commander, Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, RI. He completed thirty years active duty in June 1996.
Captain Farrell is a graduate of both the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College.
Captain Farrells personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and various unit, campaign and foreign awards.
Captain and Mrs. Farrell reside in Alexandria, Virginia.