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    As the Navy's Top Officer Retires, a 3rd Service Is Without a Confirmed Leader

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Standing under a battle flag emblazoned with the words “Don't Give Up the Ship,” Adm. Mike Gilday, the Navy's outgoing uniformed leader, turned to Adm. Lisa Franchetti on Monday morning and said that he “will be proud to call her my CNO.”

    The moment should have been a joyous and historic one. Franchetti was nominated by President Joe Biden on July 21 to take over for Gilday as the chief of naval operations, or CNO. She was set to become the first female officer to lead the Navy and to join the Chiefs of Staff.

    However, she did not take over the job Monday because of a political move that has unnerved leaders so much that every speaker at the relinquishment ceremony addressed it in some way — most quite directly. The move in question is a hold on Senate confirmations of admiral and general promotions by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

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    As a result, at the end of the ceremony, held inside a marbled hall at the Naval Academy dedicated to fallen graduates of the institution that has produced Navy officers like Gilday for more than 100 years, Franchetti — who is currently the vice chief of naval operations — took over the Navy in only an acting capacity.

    The Navy now joins the Army and the Marine Corps in being without a Senate-confirmed leader. The upcoming chairman of…

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