US President Joe Biden nominated a woman, Admiral Lisa Franchetti, to lead the Navy on Friday. It is first time in the US history to choose a woman to lead the navy.
According to the British news agency Reuters, Joe Biden’s move will be an important step towards ending gender discrimination in the US military.
Lisa Franchetti will be the first woman to command the Navy and serve as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is the first time in the US history
This decision by the US President is quite surprising because Pentagon officials believed that Admiral Samuel Paparo would be nominated for this post.
Admiral Samuel Paparo leads the Navy in the Pacific and has experience dealing with China’s growing challenge.
Lisa Franchetti currently serves as the Vice Chief of Operations in the US Navy.
In a statement, President Joe Biden cited Lisa Franchetti’s 38 years of experience.
“Throughout his career, Admiral Franchetti has demonstrated extensive expertise in both the operational and policy arenas,” he said.
She is the second woman ever to attain the rank of four-star admiral in the US Navy.
Lisa Franchetti is not the first woman to head a branch of the US military. Last year, Joe Biden selected Admiral Linda Fagan to lead the US Coast Guard.
However, the Coast Guard is not officially part of the Department of Defence and is subordinate to the Department of Homeland Security.