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US Admiral to lead Navy instead will retire; bad judgment cited

In this Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran describes the function of the USS Thomas Hudner prior to its commissioning ceremony in Boston. (Paul Connors/The Boston Herald via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy admiral set to become his service's top officer on Aug. 1 says he will instead retire.

The extraordinary downfall of Adm. William Moran was prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday called poor judgment.

Spencer faulted Moran for having a professional relationship with a person who had been disciplined for what Spencer called "failing to meet the values and standards of the naval profession."

It is highly unusual for a senior officer like Moran to ask to retire after having been confirmed by the Senate for the top job in his service, but before taking the position. The current top Navy officer, Adm. John Richardson, will extend his tenure beyond Aug. 1 while a new candidate is chosen and nominated for Senate confirmation.

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