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Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper swears-in retired Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite to serve as the next Secretary of the Navy, in Washington, D.C., May 29.

Photo by Marv Lynchard

Secretary Braithwaite swears in

29 May 2020 | Office of the Secretary of the Navy United States Navy

The Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite swore into the Department of the Navy as the 77th Secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon May 29.

At the ceremony, officiated by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, Braithwaite was joined by his family, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

“Today marks the honor of my life, taking the oath of office to become the 77th – but more importantly, our Sailor and Marine’s – Secretary of the Navy,” said Braithwaite. “I am privileged to stand with the greatest Navy and Marine Corps the world has ever known in service to the people of America. Full steam ahead.”


Swearing In Photo by Marv Lynchard

The Secretary is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his military service as a naval aviator, later transitioning to public affairs officer. His military career culminated in service as the U.S. Navy’s Vice Chief of Information. As a civilian, Braithwaite worked in both public and private sector leadership roles. Prior to his current position he served as the 31st U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway.