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Adm. Bill Moran, vice chief of naval operations, arrives at Buckley AFB, Colo., Jan. 9, 2019. Moran visited Buckley AFB to strengthen base relations and to see how sailors impact Buckley’s mission. Air Force photo by SrA. Alyssa Duprey.

​President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Navy Adm. Bill Moran to be the next Chief of Naval Operations.

Moran, currently the vice chief of naval operations, would replace current CNO Adm. John Richardson, who has led the Navy since September 2015.

“Adm. Moran is an extraordinary leader who has been a stalwart partner and advisor,” Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said in a release. “I look forward to working with him in the years ahead when he is confirmed.”

Moran, a P-3 pilot and US Naval Academy graduate, previously served on the staff of the chief of naval personnel and on the staffs of US Indo-Pacific Command and the CNO.