Deputy Chief of Navy (Australia)

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Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Navy
Mark Hammond

since 23 March 2018
Style Rear Admiral
Member of Royal Australian Navy
Reports to Chief of Navy

The Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) is the second most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy, responsible to the Chief of Navy (CN). The rank associated with the position is rear admiral (2-star).


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

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
Captain Getting, FrankFrank Getting 1940 1942[1]
Captain Dowling, RoyRoy Dowling 1943 Sep 1944
Captain Harries, DavidDavid Harries 1944 1945[2]
Captain Buchanan, HerbertHerbert Buchanan DSO 1945 Oct 1946[3][4]
Captain Burrell, HenryHenry Burrell 1946 Oct 1948 Oct
Captain Gatacre, GalfreyGalfrey Gatacre DSC & Bar 1948 Oct 1951[5]
Captain McNicoll, AlanAlan McNicoll GM 1951 Oct 1952[6]
Captain Becher, OttoOtto Becher DSO, DSC & Bar 1952 1954[4]
Captain Burrell, HenryHenry Burrell 1954 1954
Rear Admiral Mesley, JackJack Mesley LVO, DSC 1955 1957[2]
Rear Admiral Gatacre, GalfreyGalfrey Gatacre DSO, DSC & Bar 1957 Jan 1959 Jan[5]
Rear Admiral Becher, OttoOtto Becher CBE, DSO, DSC & Bar 1959 Jan 1962[4]
Rear Admiral Morrison, ThomasThomas Morrison CBE, DSC 1962 1964[2]
Rear Admiral Peek, RichardRichard Peek OBE, DSC 1965 1967
Rear Admiral Smith, VictorVictor Smith CBE, DSC 1967 1968 Apr
Rear Admiral Stevenson, DavidDavid Stevenson CBE 1968 1970
Rear Admiral Wells, DavidDavid Wells CBE 1970 1971[7]
Rear Admiral Synnot, AnthonyAnthony Synnot CBE 1972 1973
Rear Admiral Dovers, WilliamWilliam Dovers CBE, DSC 1973 1975[4][8][9]
Rear Admiral Gladstone, GeoffreyGeoffrey Gladstone AO, DSC & Bar 1974[9] 1975[2]
Rear Admiral Murray, BrianBrian Murray 1975 1978[2]
Rear Admiral McDonald, NeilNeil McDonald AO 1978 1979[2]
Rear Admiral Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens 1979 1981[7]
Rear Admiral Doyle, PeterPeter Doyle AO, OBE 1981 1982[4]
Rear Admiral Woolrych, GeoffreyGeoffrey Woolrych AO 1982 1983[7]
Rear Admiral Richards, IanIan Richards 1983 1984[7]
Rear Admiral Knox, IanIan Knox 1984 1984
Rear Admiral Ralph, NeilNeil Ralph AO, DSC 1985 1989[10][11]
Rear Admiral Sinclair, PeterPeter Sinclair AO 1989 1989
Rear Admiral Doolan, KenKen Doolan 1989 1990[4]
Rear Admiral MacDougall, IanIan MacDougall 1990 Jul 1991 Mar
Rear Admiral Walls, RobertRobert Walls AM 1991 1991
Rear Admiral Taylor, RodneyRodney Taylor AO 1991 Nov 1994
Rear Admiral Campbell, DavidDavid Campbell AM 1994 1995[4]
Rear Admiral Barrie, ChrisChris Barrie AO 1996 May 1997 Jun
Deputy Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Oxenbould, ChrisChris Oxenbould AO 1997 1999[7]
Rear Admiral Ritchie, ChrisChris Ritchie AO 1999 1999[12]
Rear Admiral Smith, GeoffreyGeoffrey Smith AM 1999 2000[7]
Rear Admiral Adams, BrianBrian Adams AM 2000 Jun 2002 Jun [4]
Rear Admiral Moffitt, RowanRowan Moffitt AM 2002 Jun 2004 Jun [2]
Rear Admiral Hancock, MaxMax Hancock AM 2004 Jun 2006 Jun [2]
Rear Admiral Crane, RussRuss Crane AM, CSM 2006 Jun 2008 Jun
Rear Admiral Thomas, DavydDavyd Thomas AO, CSC 2008 Jun 2011 Feb
Rear Admiral Jones, TrevorTrevor Jones AM, CSC 2011 Feb 2013
Rear Admiral van Balen, MichaelMichael van Balen AO 2013 28 January 2016
Rear Admiral Noonan, MichaelMichael Noonan AM 28 January 2016 23 March 2018
Rear Admiral Hammond, MarkMark Hammond AM 23 March 2018 Incumbent


  1. ^ Getting Division, Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Rear Admirals G-M, Admirals of the RAN
  3. ^ J. V. P. Goldrick, 'Buchanan, Herbert James (1902–1965)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, Melbourne University Press, 1993, pp 286–287.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Rear Admirals A-F, Admirals of the RAN
  5. ^ a b Cooper, Alastair. "Gatacre, Galfry George Ormond (1907–1983)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "McNicoll, Alan Wedel Ramsay". Records Search. National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Rear Admirals N-Z, Admirals of the RAN
  8. ^ Rear Admiral William John Dovers CBE DSC (born 1918) vs Rear Admiral William Anthony George Dovers CSC (born 1951) who was SO to DCNS
  9. ^ a b Dovers' end date is inconsistent with Gladstone's start date
  10. ^ A short biography of our national patron, Rear Admiral Neil Ralph ret'd, Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Victorian Branch,
  11. ^ Australia Day Honours, 1987, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1987
  12. ^ Vice Admirals, Admirals of the RAN