The Senate has confirmed Kenneth Braithwaite as the secretary of the Navy, a month and a half after former acting Secretary Thomas Modly stepped down.
The Hill reports that Braithwaite’s nomination was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on earlier this week, leading to a voice vote Thursday by the full Senate that resulted in his confirmation.
Braithwaite told the committee during a confirmation hearing earlier this month that he would restore the Navy’s culture of strong leadership, saying that recent events “saddens me” and called it a “failure of leadership,” according to the report.
Modly resigned after controversy over the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was accused of pleading for help for his coronavirus-stricken ship outside of the chain of command. The Roosevelt returned to sea for the first time this week, and the incident is under investigation with the possibility that Crozier’s command could be restored at some point.
MAIN PHOTO: OSLO, Norway (June 25, 2018) Kenneth J. Braithwaite, U.S. ambassador to Norway, delivers remarks at a reception aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), in Oslo, Norway, June 25, 2018. Bainbridge, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold)