White House to nominate retired commander, business leader Carlos Del Toro as Navy secretary

The Biden administration will announce Carlos Del Toro as its pick to be the next Navy secretary.

Del Toro is a retired U.S. Navy commander and a business leader, and if confirmed he would be the second-ever Hispanic Navy secretary.

A decision on who should lead the Department of the Navy has lagged behind the other services: the Senate already confirmed Christine Wormuth to be the Army secretary, and on June 10 the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Frank Kendall as the Air Force secretary, pending a full Senate vote.

Del Toro graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 and then served in the Navy for 22 years. His assignments included serving as the first commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer Bulkeley, where he oversaw ship construction and fleet introduction activities – as well as the integration of women into the crew, as one of the first mixed-gender warships.

On the acquisition side, he served as a…

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