U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Michael Gilday
U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Michael Gilday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. Navy Vice Adm.

Michael Gilday, a native of Lowell, assumed command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. Tenth Fleet during a July 14 ceremony held at the U.S.

Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Gilday, a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the fourth flag officer to command the Navy's newest Fleet, which serves as central operational authority for networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare, and space capabilities in support of forces afloat and ashore.

"It is such a privilege to assume command of this cutting-edge Fleet," said Gilday. "I am honored to lead the sailors and civilians of Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, who are our greatest resource in a challenging domain."

He leads a force of more than 15,000 sailors and civilians assigned to 24 subordinate and 32 Reserve commands worldwide that are tasked with conducting Navy cyber and cryptologic operations globally and support information operations and space planning and operations to ensure freedom of action and achieve military objectives in and through cyberspace.

Prior to assuming command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. Tenth Fleet, Gilday was the director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command.

He has served in a diverse range of Navy and joint assignments at sea and ashore, including USS Chandler (DDG 996) supporting U.S. flagged tanker convoys during the Iran-Iraq War; USS Princeton (CG 59) during Desert Shield/Storm when it was damaged by Iraqi mines; and USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during Operation Desert Fox.


He commanded the destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) during the initial combat operations of Iraqi Freedom and later, USS Benfold (DDG 65). He commanded Destroyer Squadron 7 serving as sea combat commander for the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and most recently, he commanded Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Other assignments include the White House where he served as naval aide to the president and executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a flag officer, he served as director of operations at NATO's Joint Force Command in Lisbon, Portugal, and as chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.