WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that he has recommended Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, to succeed the retiring Navy Adm. Gary Roughead as the next chief of naval operations.
Gates said he made the recommendation to President Barack Obama based on Greenert’s solid portfolio that includes both significant personnel programs and budget responsibilities.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Greenert is “an exceptional officer, and if confirmed, will be, I believe, an exceptional CNO.”
“He has wonderful operational experience, fleet experience, he’s terrific with people and he has extensive experience in the money world, which is now facing all of us,” Mullen said. “So I strongly concur with the secretary’s recommendation.”
Greenert’s career as a submariner includes assignments aboard the USS Flying Fish, USS Tautog, Submarine NR‑1 and USS Michigan and as commander of USS Honolulu. He also served as commander of Submarine Squadron 11, U.S. Naval Forces Mariana, U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific and U.S. Fleet Forces Command before he become the vice CNO.
Gates praised Roughead, who will retire this fall, for four decades of service and leadership at the helm of the Navy for the past four years.
“I have very much enjoyed working with Gary and have greatly valued his counsel and wisdom on both Navy issues and broader strategic issues,” he said.
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