Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will announce who will become the 14th Master Chief Petty Officer of The Navy (MCPON) in Newport today.

Master Chief of the Navy Mike Stevens las held the unique non-commissioned rate of the United States Navy, more on that here – MCPON Mike Stevens to retire after four years as the Navy’s top enlisted sailor

The holder of this rank and position of office is the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, equivalent to the Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He is appointed by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest positions in the Navy.

The announcement will take place in Newport at 3:50 p.m., be one of the first to know who is the ‪U.S. Navy‬’s next MCPON when they announce by watching it live here.

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