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Chief of Navy (Australia)
Incumbent Ray Griggs

The Chief of Navy is the most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy, responsible to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary of Defence. The rank associated with the position is Vice Admiral (3-star).

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs is the current Chief of Navy and assumed this position in June 2011.

Appointees[]

Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, the then Chief of Navy, being greeted by then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd at the 2008 National Anzac Day Service, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Chief of Navy or its preceding positions. Rank and honours are as at the completion of the individual's tours.

Rank and
pre-nominal
Name
post-
nominal(s)
Service
Term began
Term ended
Time in Appointment
Director, Commonwealth Naval Forces
Rear Admiral Sir Creswell, William RookeWilliam Rooke Creswell KCMGKBE RAN February 25, 1904 February 28, 1911 70007000000000000007 years, 70003000000000000003 days
First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Rear Admiral Sir Creswell, William RookeWilliam Rooke Creswell KCMGKBE RAN March 1, 1911 June 9, 1919 70008000000000000008 years, 7002100000000000000100 days
Rear Admiral Sir Grant, PercyPercy Grant KCVOCB RN June 10, 1919 February 14, 1921 70001000000000000001 year, 7002249000000000000249 days
Position Vacant (50000000000000000000 years, 7002283000000000000283 days)
Vice Admiral Sir Everett, AllanAllan Everett KCMGKCVOCB RN November 24, 1921 August 29, 1923 70001000000000000001 year, 7002278000000000000278 days
Position Vacant (50000000000000000000 years, 7002180000000000000180 days)
Rear Admiral Hall-Thompson, PercivalPercival Hall-Thompson CBCMG RN February 25, 1924 June 28, 1926 70002000000000000002 years, 7002123000000000000123 days
Rear Admiral Napier, WilliamWilliam Napier CBCMGDSO RN June 29, 1926 June 11, 1929 70002000000000000002 years, 7002347000000000000347 days
Position Vacant (50000000000000000000 years, 7002132000000000000132 days)
Vice Admiral Sir Kerr, William MunroWilliam Munro Kerr KBECB RN October 21, 1929 October 19, 1931 70001000000000000001 year, 7002363000000000000363 days
Admiral Sir Hyde, GeorgeGeorge Hyde KCBCVOCBE RN/RAN October 20, 1931 July 28, 1937 70005000000000000005 years, 7002281000000000000281 days
Position Vacant (50000000000000000000 years, 700196000000000000096 days)
Admiral Sir Colvin, RagnarRagnar Colvin KBECB RN November 1, 1937 March 3, 1941 70003000000000000003 years, 7002122000000000000122 days
Position Vacant (50000000000000000000 years, 7002137000000000000137 days)
Admiral Sir Royle, GuyGuy Royle KCBCMGDSO RN July 18, 1941 June 28, 1945 70003000000000000003 years, 7002345000000000000345 days
Admiral Sir Hamilton, Louis KeppelLouis Keppel Hamilton KCBDSO RN June 29, 1945 February 23, 1948 70002000000000000002 years, 7002239000000000000239 days
Vice Admiral Sir Collins, John AugustineJohn Augustine Collins KBECB RAN February 24, 1948 February 23, 1955 70006000000000000006 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Dowling, RoyRoy Dowling KBECBDSO RAN February 24, 1955 February 23, 1959 70004000000000000004 years, 50000000000000000000 days
Vice Admiral Sir Burrell, HenryHenry Burrell KBECB RAN February 24, 1959 February 23, 1962 70002000000000000002 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Harrington, HastingsHastings Harrington KBECBDSO RAN February 24, 1962 February 23, 1965 70002000000000000002 years, 7002365000000000000365 days
Vice Admiral Sir McNicoll, AlanAlan McNicoll KBECBGM RAN February 24, 1965 April 2, 1968 70003000000000000003 years, 700138000000000000038 days
Vice Admiral Sir Smith, VictorVictor Smith KBECBDSC RAN April 3, 1968 November 22, 1970 70002000000000000002 years, 7002233000000000000233 days
Vice Admiral Sir Peek, RichardRichard Peek KBECBDSC RAN November 23, 1970 November 22, 1973 70002000000000000002 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Stevenson, DavidDavid Stevenson ACKBE RAN November 23, 1973 November 22, 1976 70002000000000000002 years, 7002365000000000000365 days
Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Sir Synnot, AnthonyAnthony Synnot KBEAO RAN November 23, 1976 April 20, 1979 70002000000000000002 years, 7002148000000000000148 days
Vice Admiral Sir Willis, JamesJames Willis KBEAO RAN April 21, 1979 April 20, 1982 70002000000000000002 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Vice Admiral Leach, DavidDavid Leach ACCBELVO RAN April 21, 1982 April 20, 1985 70002000000000000002 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Admiral[1] Hudson, MichaelMichael Hudson AC RAN April 21, 1985 March 8, 1991 70005000000000000005 years, 7002321000000000000321 days
Vice Admiral MacDougall, IanIan MacDougall AC RAN March 9, 1991 March 9, 1994 70003000000000000003 years, 50000000000000000000 days
Vice Admiral Taylor, RodneyRodney Taylor AO RAN March 10, 1994 February 18, 1997 70002000000000000002 years, 7002345000000000000345 days
Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Taylor, RodneyRodney Taylor AO RAN February 19, 1997 June 30, 1997 50000000000000000000 years, 7002131000000000000131 days
Vice Admiral Chalmers, DonaldDonald Chalmers AO RAN July 1, 1997 July 2, 1999 70002000000000000002 years, 70001000000000000001 day
Vice Admiral Shackleton, DavidDavid Shackleton AO RAN July 3, 1999 July 2, 2002 70002000000000000002 years, 7002364000000000000364 days
Vice Admiral Ritchie, ChrisChris Ritchie AO RAN July 3, 2002 July 3, 2005 70003000000000000003 years, 50000000000000000000 days
Vice Admiral Shalders, RussRuss Shalders AOCSC RAN July 4, 2005 July 3, 2008 70002000000000000002 years, 7002365000000000000365 days
Vice Admiral Crane, RussRuss Crane AOCSM RAN July 4, 2008 June 7, 2011 70002000000000000002 years, 7002338000000000000338 days
Vice Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AOCSC RAN June 7, 2011 Incumbent 70002000000000000002 years, 70033057000000000003,057 days

Notes[]

  1. Hudson was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Chief of Naval Staff on 21 April 1985. He served in that position as a vice admiral for almost 6 years. On the day of his retirement, 8 March 1991, Prime Minister Bob Hawke promoted Hudson to the rank of admiral to honour his distinguished forty-four years of service to the Navy. Obituary, Naval Historical Review, March 2005, pp.32-33. Australian Naval History on 8 March 1991, Naval Historical Society of Australia.

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