Kenneth Braithwaite (Wikipedia Commons/U.S. Department of State)

President Donald Trump's latest nominee to lead the U.S. Navy has deep Philadelphia ties: Kenneth Braithwaite was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, once served as a Ridley Park Councilman and worked at the Philadelphia Naval Base.

Trump announced early Monday that he was nominating Braithwaite, a retired Rear Admiral and the current ambassador to Norway, to replace the ousted Richard Spencer.

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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks with personnel during a visit to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, July 12, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Akeel Austin via Reuters)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was unexpectedly fired Sunday night over actions related to Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who President Donald Trump cleared of a conviction in a high-profile war crimes trial but has remained in the Navy's crosshairs.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer (DoD photo)

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer claims that President Donald Trump's demand that the service preserve the trident of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher fundamentally undermines good order and discipline, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by Task & Purpose.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and ordered that Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher keep his trident, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, have both reportedly vowed that they will either resign or be be fired rather than follow President Donald Trump's instructions to stop all efforts to revoke Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher's trident.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.

"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."

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