chief of naval operations

noun phrase

: the ranking officer of the navy and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Examples of chief of naval operations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From 1982 to 1984 Postol served as the assistant for weapons technology to the chief of naval operations. Annie Jacobsen, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 On Thursday, Tuberville watched as another officer, Adm. Lisa Franchetti, who would become the first female chief of naval operations, testified about the impact of the holds during her confirmation hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Tara Copp, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 The Armed Services Committee is expected to recommend Adm. Lisa Franchetti to the full Senate for confirmation as the next chief of naval operations soon, and in the coming weeks, the panel is expected to consider the nomination of Gen. David Allvin to serve as the Air Force's new chief of staff. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 Sep. 2023 The impasse has prevented 301 senior military officers from being confirmed, including the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chief of staff of the Army, commandant of the Marine Corps and chief of naval operations. Svetlana Shkolnikova Stars and Stripes (tns), al, 17 Aug. 2023 The Navy's 86 frozen nominees include Adm. Lisa Franchetti, who will make history as the first woman on the Joint Chiefs if confirmed as chief of naval operations. Dan Lamothe and Hannah Dormido The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 14 Aug. 2023 Navy: 86 on hold The Navy’s frozen nominees include Adm. Lisa Franchetti, who will make history as the first woman on the Joint Chiefs if confirmed as chief of naval operations. Dan Lamothe, ajc, 13 Aug. 2023 From there, the recommendations run through various other offices – the chief of naval operations being one – before being sent to the secretary’s office, where the decision is made. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chief of naval operations was in 1915

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“Chief of naval operations.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chief%20of%20naval%20operations. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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