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UPDATED: JUNE 16, 5:06 P.M.

Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, has been nominated for the Navy’s top job, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday.

Greenert, a submariner, served as commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command from 2007 to 2009. From 2004 to 2006, he served as commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. He knows how to lead military operations as well as work with budgets, said Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

“He has wonderful operational experience, fleet experience, he’s terrific with people, and he has extensive experience in the money world, which is now facing all of us,” Mullen said.

He’ll replace Adm. Gary Roughead, who has been chief of naval operations since September 2007.

“I have known Jon and his family well for years and I have the utmost respect for him as a leader and a naval officer,” Roughead said in prepared statement. “As Vice Chief for nearly two years, Jon has been my right hand.”

Greenert is a native of Butler, Pa., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, where he completed his studies in nuclear power.

His submarine career includes a variety of assignments culminating in command of the USS Honolulu from 1991 to 1993. Among his other assignments are deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources, deputy commander for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet, head of Navy Programming Branch and director of Operations Division Navy Controller.

Greenert is a five-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal.

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