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Biden nominates first woman to lead US Navy

US President Biden has chosen a female admiral to lead the US Navy – the first time a woman has been nominated to head a Pentagon military service branch.

Lisa Franchetti is a former head of the US 6th Fleet and US naval forces in South Korea, and has also served as an aircraft carrier strike commander.
Her nomination by Mr Biden must still be confirmed by the US Senate.

One lawmaker is currently blocking the Senate from confirming military leaders to protest a military abortion policy.

If confirmed as Chief of Naval Operations she will be the first woman to become a member of the elite group of senior military officers who make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A 38-year veteran, she was only the second woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral.

Biden also promoted Adm Paparo, nominating him to become the commander of the US military forces in the Pacific.

The US Coast Guard is currently led by a woman – Admiral Linda Fagan – but that military branch falls under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense.
Adm Franchetti is due to take up the position in the fall when the current chief’s four-year term expires. But she will begin the job in an acting capacity, as it’s unlikely that she will be quickly confirmed by the divided senate.