|Christopher Angus Ritchie|
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (left) receives an award from Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, February 2003
|Born||16 January 1949 (age 65)|
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1968 – 2005|
|Commands held||Chief of Navy
Deputy Chief of Navy
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Legion of Merit (United States)
|Other work||Patron of the Australasian Hydrographic Society|
Ritchie graduated from the RAN College at Jervis Bay in 1968. He received further training at sea and in the United Kingdom before undertaking a succession of seagoing appointments and a staff appointment at the NATO School of Maritime Operations at HMS DRYAD. His commands have included HMAS Tarakan, HMAS Torrens, and HMAS Brisbane.
During his period in command of HMAS Brisbane, the ship deployed to the Persian Gulf where she participated for the duration of the Persian Gulf War. In 1991, as a result of this service, he was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AM).
In 1992 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom. On completion of this course he was promoted to Commodore and had appointments in Naval Policy and Warfare, and Military Strategy and Concepts. In 1997 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Maritime Commander Australia (MCAUST). He then served as Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) and Head of Capability Systems (HCS).
As a consequence of his service in these appointments, and in addition to receiving the Centenary medal, he was promoted to Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in January 2001. He was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Commander Australian Theatre (COMAST) on 3 August 2001. He was the first Commander to have previously served as a Component Commander to the Headquarters. He assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy from Chief of Navy (CN) Vice Admiral David Shackleton on 3 July 2002 and retired in July 2005.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||(2001)|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||(1991)|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975|
|Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal|
|Australian Active Service Medal|
|Australian Service Medal 1945–1975|
|Australian Service Medal|
|Defence Force Service Medal||With 4 Bars for 35 years service.|
|Australian Defence Medal||2006|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit||(United States)|
|Meritorious Unit Citation|
- Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO, RANR - Ancors Fellow[dead link] Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security - archived copy
- It's an Honour - Centenary Medal - 1 January 2001
Citation: For services to Australian society through the Royal Australian Navy.
- It's an Honour - Officer of the Order of Australia - 26 January 2001
Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy as the Maritime Commander Australia, Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Capability Systems.
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- Copyright photo of VADM Chris Ritchie, Chief of Navy, ANZAC Day 2005.
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
|Chief of Navy
2002 – 2005
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders
Rear Admiral ?
|Deputy Chief of Navy
1999 – 2000
Rear Admiral Brian Adams
Rear Admiral Christopher Oxenbould
|Maritime Commander Australia
1997 – 1999
Rear Admiral John Lord