Navy Adm. Bill Moran was nominated by President Trump to become the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), and newly promoted Vice Adm. Robert Burke was nominated to become Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Military.com reported.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made the announcements late last week.
If confirmed by the Senate, Moran, a Navy aviator and Naval Academy graduate, would become the service’s 32nd top commander. Moran has been serving as the Navy’s second-in-command VCNO post since 2016, where he has pushed to improve readiness as the Navy grows and faces a more complex maritime environment.
“I am honored and deeply humbled by the nomination and look forward to working with Congress during the confirmation process,” Moran said in a statement.
Shanahan also announced Burke’s promotion to admiral. Burke, a submariner, has recently served as the Navy’s chief personnel officer.
Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rebekah Watkins