Armed Forces News

Adm. Mike Gilday succeeded Adm. John Richardson as Chief of Naval Operations during an Aug. 22 ceremony at Washington Navy Yard. Gilday’s previous assignments include stints as commander of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, vice chief of naval operations, and commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. A native of Lowell, Mass., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees from both the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.
As Gilday accepted his new job as the Navy’s top military leader, he said the quality of sailors he will command has never been higher.
“We are recruiting and retaining a high-quality force, we are providing well trained combat-ready forces forward, around the globe,” Gilday said. “We are modernizing our navy at a scope and pace not seen in decades.”
Gilday then credited his predecessor, Richardson, for the positive trend. Richardson is retiring after a 37-year career.