Kenneth Braithwaite was sworn in as the newest secretary of the Navy during a private ceremony today at the Pentagon, capping what has been a tumultuous six months for the department’s leadership.
The nominee for secretary of the Navy position blamed nearly a decade’s worth of Navy problems on a “breakdown” in leadership and culture during a Thursday confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More
The following are the written statements from Secretary of the Navy nominee Kenneth Braithwaite submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of a May 7, 2020 hearing. Read More
Kenneth Braithwaite, currently the U.S. ambassador to Norway and President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Secretary of the Navy, is scheduled to appear at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday.
The Navy’s existing policy for dealing with the small Iranian vessels prevalent in the Persian Gulf matches the sentiment of a Wednesday morning Tweet from President Donald Trump, Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten said during a Wednesday media briefing. Read More
The following is the April 7, 2020 message from former acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly to the Navy and Marine Corps. Read More
This post has been updated to include Thomas Modly’s resignation letter and reactions from members of Congress.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has resigned from his post after a day and a half of widespread criticism surrounding the removal of the commander of an aircxraft carrier that is battling a COVID-19 outbreak, according to a copy of the resignation letter obtained by USNI News. Read More
This post has been updated to include additional statements from Rep Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Joe Courtney ((D-Conn.) and a statement from acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.
The Navy is going to extend an investigation into the circumstances around a leaked message from the commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to service leadership sounding the alarm his sailors were at risk from an “accelerating” COVID-19 outbreak on the aircraft carrier. Read More
The acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-72) may have broken the law in how he sent a March 31 message warning leaders of a COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier. Read More
USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) pushed off from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., minutes after remarks from President Donald Trump praising the whole of government effort to fight the COVID-19 effort. Read More