Adm. Lisa Franchetti was sworn in as the 33rd Chief of Naval Operations during a Nov. 2 Pentagon ceremony, making her the first woman to serve as the Navy’s senior-most uniformed officer.
“I am honored,” Franchetti said, after Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro swore her in. “I look forward to continuing to lead the world’s most powerful Navy.”
Franchetti, a Rochester, New York native, comes into her new job after serving as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations since last September. She was commissioned in 1985. She previously served as commander of the destroyer USS Ross, as well as DESRON (Destroyer Squadron) 21, and Pacific Partnership 2010 while serving on the hospital ship USNS Mercy. As a flag officer, she served as: commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea; Carrier Strike Groups 9 and 15; chief of staff for strategy, plans and policy, U.S. 6th Fleet Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; Joint Force Maritime Component Commander; deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development; and director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, Joint Staff.
“It was my honor to swear in Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti as the 33rd Chief of Naval Operations,” Del Toro said during the Pentagon ceremony. “I have the utmost confidence that [she] will faithfully fulfill the duties of this esteemed position. I look forward to working with her to lead our force into the future as we continue to strengthen our maritime dominance, build a culture of warfighting excellence, and enhance strategic partnerships.”