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Under Secretary of the Navy

United States
Under Secretary of the Navy
Flag of the Under Secretary of the Navy
Seal of the Department of the Navy
Thomas Hicks (acting)

since January 15, 2014
Department of the Navy
Style Mister Under Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Appointer The President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Formation August 22, 1940
First holder James Forrestal
Succession 18th in SecDef succession
Website Official Website

The Under Secretary of the Navy is the second-highest ranking civilian official in the United States Department of the Navy. The Under Secretary, called the "Under" in Pentagon slang, reports to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV).

Thomas Hicks is currently Acting Under Secretary.[1]

Under Secretaries of the Navy, 1940—Present[2]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
James V. Forrestal August 22, 1940 May 16, 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt Frank Knox
Ralph A. Bard June 24, 1944 June 30, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt James Forrestal
Artemus Gates July 3, 1945 December 31, 1945 Harry S. Truman James Forrestal
John L. Sullivan June 17, 1946 September 18, 1947 Harry S. Truman James Forrestal
W. John Kenney September 19, 1947 September 24, 1949 Harry S. Truman John L. Sullivan
Dan A. Kimball May 25, 1949 July 31, 1951 Harry S. Truman Francis P. Matthews
Francis P. Whitehair August 7, 1951 January 29, 1953 Harry S. Truman Dan A. Kimball
Charles S. Thomas February 9, 1953 August 5, 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower Robert B. Anderson
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. October 7, 1953 April 1, 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower Robert B. Anderson, Charles Thomas
William B. Franke April 17, 1957 June 7, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
Fred A. Bantz June 8, 1959 January 20, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower William B. Franke
Paul B. Fay, Jr. February 16, 1961 January 15, 1965 John F. Kennedy John Connally, Fred Korth, Paul Nitze
Kenneth E. BeLieu February 26, 1965 July 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson Paul Nitze
Robert H. B. Baldwin July 2, 1965 July 31, 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson Paul Nitze
Charles F. Baird August 1, 1967 January 20, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson Paul Robert Ignatius
John Warner February 11, 1969 May 4, 1972 Richard Nixon John Chafee
Frank P. Sanders May 5, 1972 June 29, 1973 Richard Nixon John Warner
J. William Middendorf August 3, 1973 June 20, 1974 Richard Nixon John Warner
David S. Potter August 28, 1974 April 1, 1976 Gerald Ford J. William Middendorf
David R. Macdonald September 14, 1976 February 4, 1977 Gerald Ford J. William Middendorf
R. James Woolsey, Jr. March 9, 1977 December 7, 1979 Jimmy Carter W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
Robert J. Murray February 7, 1980 September 29, 1981 Jimmy Carter Edward Hidalgo, John Lehman
James F. Goodrich September 29, 1981 August 6, 1987 Ronald Reagan John Lehman
Henry L. Garrett III August 6, 1987 May 15, 1989 Ronald Reagan Jim Webb, William L. Ball
J. Daniel Howard August 7, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush Henry L. Garrett III, Sean O'Keefe
Richard J. Danzig November 29, 1993 May 30, 1997 Bill Clinton John Howard Dalton
Jerry MacArthur Hultin November 13, 1997 July 14, 2000 Bill Clinton John Howard Dalton, Richard Danzig
Robert B. Pirie, Jr. October 12, 2000 June 6, 2001 Bill Clinton Richard Danzig
Susan M. Livingstone July 26, 2001 February 28, 2003 George W. Bush Gordon R. England
Dionel M. Aviles October 8, 2004 May 19, 2009 George W. Bush Gordon R. England, Donald C. Winter
Robert O. Work May 19, 2009 March 22, 2013 Barack Obama Ray Mabus


  1. ^ January 15, 2014
  2. ^ Official U.S. Navy web page at the Wayback Machine (archived July 24, 2006).
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