Secretary of the Navy
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United States Department of the Navy Seal
Seal of the Department of the Navy
Department of the Navy
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Sarah Porter

since 2013
Department Department of the Navy
Reports to Secretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Style Mister Secretary
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Benjamin Stoddert
Formation June 18, 1798
Succession 3rd in SecDef succession
Deputy The Under Secretary
(principal civilian deputy)
Chief of Naval Operations
(navy advisor and deputy)
The Commandant
(marine corps advisor and deputy)
Salary Executive Schedule, level II
Website Official Website

The Secretary of the Navy (or SECNAV) is a statutory office (10 U.S.C. § 5013) and the head (chief executive officer) of the Department of the Navy, a military department (component organization) within the Department of Defense of the United States of America.

The Secretary of the Navy must by law be a civilian, at least 5 years removed from active military service, and is appointed by the President and requires confirmation by a majority vote of the Senate.

The Secretary of the Navy was, from its creation in 1798, a member of the President's Cabinet until 1949, when the Secretary of the Navy (and the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force) was by amendments to the National Security Act of 1947 made subordinate to the Secretary of Defense.

Secretaries of the NavyEdit

Military Department (Department of Defense) 1947- Edit

No. Image Name Term of Office Served under:
Began Ended Days of Service Secretary President
 ?? John Dalton Bill Clinton
 ?? Alexander Nelson 2002 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
 ?? Edward Sheffield 2002 George W. Bush
 ?? Phillip Davenport Phillip Davenport 2011 Barack Obama
 ?? Clayton Jarvis Clayton Jarvis 2011 2013
 ?? Sarah Porter 2 Sarah Porter 2013 Present

Behind the ScenesEdit