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​Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, shown here in an official portrait, has been confirmed as the next Chief of Naval Operations. Navy photo.

The Senate confirmed Joint Staff Director Vice Adm. Michael Gilday as the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations in an Aug. 1 voice vote.

Gilday will also receive his fourth star.

He will suceed Adm. John Richardson, who has led the Navy since September 2015.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran was approved by the Senate to become CNO, but abruptly announced plans to retire before he was sworn in.