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Navy's acting chief resigns; Action comes after controversial speech to Roosevelt crew

Apr 08, 2020 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Board and Executive Moves

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, a day after audio from a controversial address to the crew of the San Diego-based carrier Theodore Roosevelt leaked to the media.

"This morning I accepted Secretary Modly's resignation," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement. "He resigned on his own accord, putting the Navy and the Sailors above self so that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy as an institution, can move forward."

In his speech Monday, Modly called ...