The following is the record of trial from the 2019 court-martial of retired Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. The redacted record was released earlier this week by the Navy in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Read More
Tag Archives: Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer
White House Formally Announces Braithwaite Nomination for SECNAV
President Donald Trump formally announced his intention to nominate retired Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite to serve as the next secretary of the Navy. Read More
Top Stories 2019: Navy and Pentagon Leadership
This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.
2019 brought an overhaul to uniformed and civilian leadership for the Navy and Marine Corps, and with it a refined vision for where the services should be heading. Read More
Underway on USS Gerald R. Ford: Navy Marks Progress on Carrier as Scrutiny of Program Grows
ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier left a pier from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., late last month with its reputation arguably at an all-time low. Read More
Acting SECNAV Modly Cancels Trident Review Boards for 3 SEALs
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly is canceling review boards for three SEAL officers that could have stripped them of their special operations status, according to a late Wednesday statement provided to USNI News. Read More
SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command
This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.
THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.
SECNAV Richard V. Spencer Removed Over Gallagher Deal With White House; Modly Now Acting SECNAV
The secretary of defense asked Richard V. Spencer to step down as the Secretary of the Navy after Spencer proposed a deal to the White House that would guarantee Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher would retire as a SEAL, despite public statements affirming he would let the process dictate the outcome, according to a late Sunday Pentagon statement. Read More
UPDATED: SECNAV Denies Resignation Threat Over Gallagher Trident Review Board
This post has been updated with additional comments from the Navy and SECNAV Spencer.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer denied he threatened to resign his office over President Trump’s intervention into a Naval Special Warfare Command review board that could strip SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher of his Naval Special Warfare rating. Read More
SECNAV Spencer: Carrier Ford Challenges Tied to Costs Caps, Requirements Process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The secretary of the Navy said a congressional cost cap on the first Ford-class aircraft carrier led to bad decisions that are reverberating today, and he hopes smarter discussions around cost, risk and requirements will be had for future ship classes such as the upcoming frigate program. Read More
Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is unlikely to field a 355-ship fleet in the near- or even mid-term future if funding doesn’t change dramatically, the department’s top leadership said during a pair of appearances last week.