U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Somers Steelman.

Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday has officially been nominated to become the next chief of naval operations.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gilday would receive his fourth star and replace current Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who is retiring in September.

Gilday is the second flag officer picked to replace Richardson. In May, the Senate confirmed Adm. Bill Moran to lead the Navy, but Moran announced earlier this month that he would retire instead after acknowledging he had sought advice on public affairs matters from a public affairs officer who was investigated for allegedly sexually harassing women at a Christmas party.

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