Chief of Navy (Australia)

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Chief of the Royal Australian Navy
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Flag of the Chief of Navy
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Crest of the Chief of Navy
Incumbent
Tim Barrett

since 30 June 2014
Style Vice Admiral
Member of Australian Defence Force
Reports to Chief of the Defence Force
Term length Three years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Rear Admiral
Sir William Creswell
Formation 25 February 1904

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 Tim Barrett is the current Chief of Navy and assumed the position on 30 June 2014.

Appointees[edit]

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 prefix Name Postnominal(s) Service Term began Term ended Time in Appointment
Director, Commonwealth Naval Forces
Rear Admiral Sir Creswell, William RookeWilliam Rooke Creswell KCMGKBE RAN 25 February 1904 28 February 1911 7 years, 3 days
First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Rear Admiral Sir Creswell, William RookeWilliam Rooke Creswell KCMGKBE RAN 1 March 1911 9 June 1919 8 years, 100 days
Rear Admiral Sir Grant, PercyPercy Grant KCVOCB RN 10 June 1919 14 February 1921 1 year, 249 days
Vice Admiral Sir Everett, AllanAllan Everett KCMGKCVOCB RN 24 November 1921 29 August 1923 1 year, 278 days
Rear Admiral Hall-Thompson, PercivalPercival Hall-Thompson CBCMG RN 25 February 1924 28 June 1926 2 years, 123 days
Rear Admiral Napier, WilliamWilliam Napier CBCMGDSO RN 29 June 1926 11 June 1929 2 years, 347 days
Vice Admiral Sir Kerr, William MunroWilliam Munro Kerr KBECB RN 21 October 1929 19 October 1931 1 year, 363 days
Admiral Sir Hyde, GeorgeGeorge Hyde KCBCVOCBE RN/RAN 20 October 1931 28 July 1937 5 years, 281 days
Admiral Sir Colvin, RagnarRagnar Colvin KBECB RN 1 November 1937 3 March 1941 3 years, 122 days
Admiral Sir Royle, GuyGuy Royle KCBCMGDSO RN 18 July 1941 28 June 1945 3 years, 345 days
Admiral Sir Hamilton, Louis KeppelLouis Keppel Hamilton KCBDSO RN 29 June 1945 23 February 1948 2 years, 239 days
Vice Admiral Sir Collins, John AugustineJohn Augustine Collins KBECB RAN 24 February 1948 23 February 1955 6 years, 364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Dowling, RoyRoy Dowling KBECBDSO RAN 24 February 1955 23 February 1959 4 years, 0 days
Vice Admiral Sir Burrell, HenryHenry Burrell KBECB RAN 24 February 1959 23 February 1962 2 years, 364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Harrington, HastingsHastings Harrington KBECBDSO RAN 24 February 1962 23 February 1965 2 years, 365 days
Vice Admiral Sir McNicoll, AlanAlan McNicoll KBECBGM RAN 24 February 1965 2 April 1968 3 years, 38 days
Vice Admiral Sir Smith, VictorVictor Smith KBECBDSC RAN 3 April 1968 22 November 1970 2 years, 233 days
Vice Admiral Sir Peek, RichardRichard Peek KBECBDSC RAN 23 November 1970 22 November 1973 2 years, 364 days
Vice Admiral Sir Stevenson, DavidDavid Stevenson ACKBE RAN 23 November 1973 22 November 1976 2 years, 365 days
Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Sir Synnot, AnthonyAnthony Synnot KBEAO RAN 23 November 1976 20 April 1979 2 years, 148 days
Vice Admiral Sir Willis, JamesJames Willis KBEAO RAN 21 April 1979 20 April 1982 2 years, 364 days
Vice Admiral Leach, DavidDavid Leach ACCBELVO RAN 21 April 1982 20 April 1985 2 years, 364 days
Admiral[1] Hudson, MichaelMichael Hudson AC RAN 21 April 1985 8 March 1991 5 years, 321 days
Vice Admiral MacDougall, IanIan MacDougall AC RAN 9 March 1991 9 March 1994 3 years, 0 days
Vice Admiral Taylor, RodneyRodney Taylor AO RAN 10 March 1994 18 February 1997 2 years, 345 days
Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Taylor, RodneyRodney Taylor AO RAN 19 February 1997 30 June 1997 0 years, 131 days
Vice Admiral Chalmers, DonaldDonald Chalmers AO RAN 1 July 1997 2 July 1999 2 years, 1 day
Vice Admiral Shackleton, DavidDavid Shackleton AO RAN 3 July 1999 2 July 2002 2 years, 364 days
Vice Admiral Ritchie, ChrisChris Ritchie AO RAN 3 July 2002 3 July 2005 3 years, 0 days
Vice Admiral Shalders, RussRuss Shalders AOCSC RAN 4 July 2005 3 July 2008 2 years, 365 days
Vice Admiral Crane, RussRuss Crane AOCSM RAN 4 July 2008 7 June 2011 2 years, 338 days
Vice Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AOCSC RAN 7 June 2011 30 June 2014 3 years, 23 days
Vice Admiral Barrett, TimTim Barrett AOCSC RAN 30 June 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 83 Days

Notes[edit]

  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.