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.

Gates told reporters he would recommend that President Obama nominate Greenert to become chief of naval operations, replacing Adm. Gary Roughead, who is scheduled to retire when his four-year term ends in September.

Greenert, a 1975 graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, is 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 faced by the Pentagon.

Greenert has two decades of 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 has also served as commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific and as commander of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command.