Trump taps Bilden for top Navy post

President Donald Trump nominated Philip Bilden on Wednesday to replace Ray Mabus, the longest-serving Navy secretary since World War I.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bilden would become the 76th secretary of the Navy. He is the third person to be nominated to lead one of the armed forces, following Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary and Vinnie Viola as Army secretary. All current secretaries will have to vacate their seats if Trump's nominees are approved.
“All three of these nominees have my utmost confidence,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said. “They will provide strong civilian leadership to strengthen military readiness, gain full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, and support our service members, civilians, and their families.”

Bilden, a former military intelligence officer, recently retired as a co-founding member of HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity investment management firm.

“Philip Bilden will apply his terrific judgment and top-notch management skills to the task of rebuilding our unparalleled Navy,” Trump said.

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