President Trump will nominate Vice Adm.Â Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff,Â to serve as the next chief of naval operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A U.S. official said the president approved Gildayâs nomination for the post during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday.Â
USNI News reported that Gildayâs selection suggests that the administration is bypassing seven four-star admirals as candidates for the Navyâs top uniformed position. âThere was a determination that all of the four-stars needed to stay where they are right now,â a defense official told the publication.
GildayÂ was the former head of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and 10th Fleet.Â As a flag officer, he served as director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command; chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; and head of operations for NATOâs Joint Force Command Lisbon.