Report: Trump to Nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday as Chief of Naval Operations

Jeff Brody
Michael Gilday

President Trump will nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, to serve as the next chief of naval operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A U.S. official said the president approved Gilday’s nomination for the post during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday. 

USNI News reported that Gilday’s selection suggests that the administration is bypassing seven four-star admirals as candidates for the Navy’s top uniformed position. “There was a determination that all of the four-stars needed to stay where they are right now,” a defense official told the publication.

Gilday was the former head of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and 10th Fleet. As a flag officer, he served as director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command; chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; and head of operations for NATO’s Joint Force Command Lisbon.

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