Erik Raven to Step Down as Navy Under Secretary

July 3, 2024 5:15 PM - Updated: July 3, 2024 5:46 PM
Under Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven meets with U.S. Marines assigned to the Embassy of the United States in Oslo, Norway, March 6, 2024. US Navy Photo

Under Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven will step down in August, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced Wednesday.

Raven, who assumed the second-highest civilian position in the Navy in April 2022, will have served just over two years when he steps down from his role. As under secretary, he served as the chief operating officer and chief management officer for Navy. Prior to assuming the under secretary role, Raven served as the majority clerk for the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, USNI News previously reported. Raven was the first confirmed service under secretary of the Biden administration, USNI News previously reported.

During his swearing-in ceremony, Del Toro praised his congressional experience as something that would help Raven excel in the position.

“Erik Raven has been a true leader in executing the Department of the Navy’s top priorities,” Del Toro said in a statement Wednesday. “He has demonstrated unfailing commitment to protecting our Nation, strengthening our Navy and Marine Corps Team, and building enduring warfighting advantages. His expertise ensured our naval forces are equipped with the capabilities to deter and, if necessary, prevail decisively in time of war, while also ensuring the welfare of our service members, civilians, and their families.”

Del Toro highlighted Raven’s input on the AUKUS trilateral security partnership, his work to improve infrastructure in Guam and his effectiveness in streamlining the Navy’s business operations. Raven’s role also saw him testify before Congress about the Navy’s abilities and the budget.

“We have benefited from Erik’s wise counsel and loyal service to the Department and to our Nation,” Del Toro said in the statement. “Our national security, Navy, and Marine Corps are stronger because of his service. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

In a statement to USNI News, Navy spokesperson Capt. Courtney Hillson said Raven was, “leaving to pursue other opportunities and to also focus on family.”

“Mr. Raven would like to thank the President, Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy. It has been an honor to serve and is grateful for the opportunity,” Hillson said.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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