Senate confirms top Navy admiral

Senate confirms top Navy admiral
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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Adm. Michael Gilday to be the next chief of naval operations.

Gilday was confirmed by voice vote as the Senate wrapped up work before its August recess.

The confirmation came a day after Gilday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee and hours after the committee advanced Gilday by voice vote.

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Gilday was President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE’s second choice to be the top admiral in the Navy.

Trump’s first choice for the job, Adm. Bill Moran, was confirmed by the Senate in May, but instead of assuming the job, abruptly retired last month after it was revealed he maintained a professional relationship with someone who had been reprimanded.

Officials said Moran’s decision to maintain a relationship with the officer called into question Moran’s judgment.

Gilday will replace Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who is set to retire.

Gilday is currently serving as director of the Joint Staff. He previously commanded U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command.

At his genial confirmation hearing, Gilday talked to senators about U.S. plans for a naval coalition to protect commercial ships in the Gulf region amid tensions with Iran. He said the U.S. proposal would see foreign partners and allies do the bulk of the work, with the United States providing intelligence.

The Senate’s confirmation of Gilday is the latest in a series of swift votes to fill several high-ranking vacancies at the Pentagon.

Last week, the Senate confirmed Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperBahrain joins US-led coalition to protect Gulf shipping Congress must exercise its power to ensure America has no war with Iran Pentagon tests previously banned cruise missile MORE and Gen. Mark Milley, who will become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On Tuesday night, the Senate confirmed Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist. 

On Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee also advanced Gen. John Hyten’s nomination to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a 20-7 vote despite continuing controversy stemming from sexual assault allegations against him. But the full Senate is not expected to vote on Hyten until after recess.