Trump to nominate Philip Bilden to become SECNAV

By Justin Doubleday Lee Hudson / January 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM

President Trump today announced he plans to nominate Philip Bilden as Navy secretary.

Bilden is described as a highly successful business leader, former military intelligence officer, and Naval War College cybersecurity leader who will bring strategic leadership, investment discipline, and Asia Pacific regional and cyber expertise to the Navy, according to a White House statement.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as Secretary of the Navy," Bilden said in the statement. "Maintaining the strength, readiness, and capabilities of our maritime force is critical to our national security. If confirmed, I will ensure that our Sailors and Marines have the resources they need to defend our interests around the globe and support our allies with commitment and capability."

Bilden served 10 years in the Army Reserve from 1986-1996.  He resigned his commission in 1996 upon relocating to Hong Kong, the statement reads.

"As Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden will apply his terrific judgement and top-notch management skills to the task of rebuilding our unparalleled Navy," Trump said in the statement. "Our number of ships is at the lowest point that it has been in decades. Philip Bilden is the right choice to help us expand and modernize our fleet, including surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and ensure America's naval supremacy for decades to come. I am proud of the men and women of our armed forces. The people who serve in our military are our American heroes, and we honor their service every day."