Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, a longtime submarine officer, has gotten the nod to become the new leader of the Navy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Thursday.


Greenert, a 1975 graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, is presently vice chief of naval operations and is considered an expert on the Navy’s budget and financial management. “He has extensive experience in the money world, which is now facing all of us,” said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, referring to spending cuts that are confronting the Pentagon.

Greenert has two decades experience as a submariner, including assignments on the USS Flying Fish, the USS Tautog, the USS Michigan and the USS Honolulu, which he commanded. He’s also served as commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific and as commander of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command.