Chief of Joint Operations (Australia)

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Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
Vice Admiral David Johnston

since May 2014
Style Vice Admiral /
Lieutenant General /
Air Marshal
Term length Three years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Lieutenant General
David Hurley

The Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) is a three-star role within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), responsible the Joint Operations Command and joint operational deployments, such as United Nations peacekeeping and joint task groups. Until 2007, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) was double hatted, additionally exercising the responsibilities of CJOPS. However, in September 2007 the Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) at Bungendore, New South Wales.[1]

Joint Operations Command[edit]

The Joint Operations Command consists of Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Northern Command, and Australian Defence Force elements of the Border Protection Command. Chief of Joint Operations is a joint position, and in theory the incumbent can be appointed from any of the ADF components.

Chiefs of Joint Operations[edit]

On 28 Match 2014, the Department of Defence announced Rear Admiral David Johnston will be promoted vice admiral and succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as CJOPS on 20 May 2014.[2]

Rank Name Postnominals Image Term began Term ended Time in
Lieutenant General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AO, DSC David Hurley cropped.png September 2007 July 2008 304 days
Lieutenant General Evans, MarkMark Evans AO, DSC MAJGEN Evans.JPG July 2008 May 2011 2 years, 304 days
Lieutenant General Power, AshAsh Power AO, CSC Ash Power 070616-M-6609K-235.jpg May 2011 May 2014 3 years, 0 days
Vice Admiral Johnston, DavidDavid Johnston AM May 2014 Incumbent 2 years, 361 days


David Johnston (admiral) Ash Power Mark Evans (general) David Hurley

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations[edit]

Rank Name Postnominals Term began Term ended Term in appointment Notes
Air Vice Marshal Evans, GregGreg Evans DSC, AM 2008 2009 1 year
Major General Power, AshAsh Power AM, CSC 2009 2010
Rear Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AM, CSC May 2010 June 2011 1 years and 1 month
Rear Admiral Gilmore, SteveSteve Gilmore AM, CSC December 2011 November 2013 1 year and 11 months [3]
Major General Caughey, ShaneShane Caughey AM, CSC November 2013 November 2015 2 years
Major General Smith, StuartStuart Smith AO, DSC November 2015 April 2017
Major General Bilton, GregGreg Bilton AM, CSC April 2017 Incumbent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007 Archived 30 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "New Chief of Joint Operations announced". Defence News. Department of Defence. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN" (PDF). Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. Australian Government. Retrieved 21 January 2016.