Adm. Jonathan Greenert, a submariner with senior experience in the U.S. Navy's Pacific and Atlantic fleets, has been recommended for nomination to become the next chief of naval operations (CNO), Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced June 16.
Greenert, the vice chief of naval operations, was interviewed last week by President Obama, sources said, and made a favorable impression.
Formal announcement of the nomination is still to come from the White House. Greenert will need to be confirmed by the Senate to succeed Adm. Gary Roughead, the current CNO, who leaves office Sept. 29.
Former CNO and the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, noted during the Pentagon press conference that he had known Greenert for a long time. Citing Greenert's budget experience as well as his operational qualifications, Mullen predicted that "if confirmed, he will be an exceptional CNO."
Following the announcement, Greenert issued a statement in which he said, "I am honored and humbled by the secretary's recommendation, and look forward to working with the Congress during the confirmation process."