WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has nominated a naval aviator on Thursday, with extensive experience in budgeting and personnel reform, becoming the next officer in the US Navy.
Navy Adm. Bill Moran, the P-3 piloted Orion surveillance aircraft during the Cold War, is currently the naval chief vice. If he was confirmed by the Senate, he would become the 32nd chief of naval operations and the successor of Adm. Take over John Richardson.
Trump also named Vice Admiral Robert Burke, a submarineer with experience in attack and nuclear aircraft. Armed ships to be the next vice chief of the navy. He is currently the Deputy Secretary for Personnel and Training.
Moran takes over a navy struggling to overcome command, crew and training gaps that led to two deadly ship collisions in 2017. A number of officers and sailors were fired after the collisions, disciplined or court-martialled, and the Navy initiated a series of reforms to address the issues.
He will also direct the fleet's transition into a global fight against them, peer competitors such as Russia and China, including the ongoing development of the new Marine Atlantic Command. The command aims to ensure the safety of sea routes and communication routes between Europe and North America in order to counter the increased military patrols of Russia in the Atlantic.
Moran has risen steadily through the ranks and has a reputation as a strong leader, holding several naval leadership positions.
A graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (1981), he completed patrol and reconnaissance missions for Pacific Squadrons in the 1980s and 1990s. He was Chief of Air Warfare, worked on the modernization of aircraft and naval weapon systems, and was a member of the Naval Academy 2013 to 2016 Chief of Marine Personnel and then transferred to Deputy Chief.
attitude in this big power contest, "Richardson said in a statement," While I turn around and go ashore, I'll feel reassured that Adm. Moran will keep watch until confirmation has been received. "
New York-born Moran made a statement Thursday in which he said he was" very honored and deeply honored "by being humiliated by the nomination and pleased on working with Congress during the validation process. "
Burke, who grew up in Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida. He served on submarines for attack and ballistic missiles, was an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School and commanded the Submarine Group 8. In Naples (Italy).
He served as Deputy Commander of the Sixth Fleet of the Navy in Europe and became Chief of Marine Personnel in 2016.