Peter Jones (admiral)

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Peter David Jones
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Sydney, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1974–2014
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief Capability Development Group
Australian Surface Task Group
HMAS Melbourne
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Legionnaire of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Other work President Australian Naval Institute

Vice Admiral Peter David Jones, AO, DSC (born 1957) is a retired senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), who served as the Chief Capability Development Group (CCDG) from 2011 until his retirement in October 2014. He was succeeded as CCDG by Lieutenant General John Caligari.[1]

Early life and Education[edit]

Peter Jones was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Patricia (née Matthews) and Lloyd Arthur Jones in 1957. He is married to Rhonda Payget with whom he has two sons.[2] He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales.[3] He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School[4]


Jones joined the Royal Australian Navy as a midshipman in 1974. He is qualified as a surface warfare specialist.

During Jones's career he has commanded HMAS Melbourne (for which he was made a Member of the Order of Australia), the RAN Task Group in the Persian Gulf and the multinational Maritime Interception Force (MIF) (for which he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross and the US Legion of Merit). He has also served as the Maritime Interception Operations Screen Commander for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Commander Australian Surface Task Group, Commander Australian Navy Systems Command, Head of ICT Operations/Strategic J6 and Head Capability Systems.

Jones was promoted to the rank of vice admiral and appointed to the position of Chief Capability Development Group in late November 2011, making him at that time the second most senior officer in the RAN behind the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.[citation needed]

Jones was advanced to an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list, "For distinguished service as Head Information and Communications Technology Operations and Head Capability Systems in the Capability Development Group".[5]

Since the late 1970s Jones has written on maritime strategy and Australian naval history. On his retirement from the Navy in 2014 Jones completed the book Australia’s Argonauts which will tell the story of the first class of officers to join the Royal Australian Naval College. It was published in 2016 to coincide with the centenary of when that class graduated from the Naval College [6]

Jones is Patron of the Australian Defence Alpine Sports Association, President of the Australian Naval Institute [7] and an Adjunct Professor in the Naval Studies Group at the University of New South Wales (Canberra campus). [8]

Published works[edit]

Books and journals authored or edited by Jones:

  • Australia's Navy, AGPS, Canberra, inaugural Executive Editor (1989–1991).
  • Reflections of the RAN, co-edited with James Goldrick and Tom Frame (1991).
  • Australia's Argonauts: The remarkable story of the first class to enter the Royal Australian Naval College (2016).[9]

Book chapters:

  • The Royal Australian Navy, Volume III – The Australian Centenary History of Defence, Oxford University Press, 2001. Chapters spanning 1972–1991.
  • The Face of Naval Battle: The Human Experience of Modern War at Sea, Edited John Reeve and David Stevens, Allen and Unwin, 2003, Chapter on Future Naval Battle.
  • Positioning Navies for the Future, Seapower Centre Australia, Canberra, 2006. Chapter – “Littoral Warfare Today and in the Future”.
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography entries for Vice Admiral Sir John Collins, Rear Admiral Sir David Martin and Captain James Esdaile (to be published), Australian National University.
  • Presence, Power Projection and Sea Control: The RAN in the Gulf 1990–2009, Sea Power Centre in Australia, 2009. Chapter on Task Group Command.
  • Naval Power And Expeditionary Wars: Peripheral Campaigns And New Theatres Of Naval Warfare, edited by Bruce Elleman, Rutledge, 2010, contributed chapter on Iraq 2003.
  • Australian Naval Command and Leadership in Recent Operations, Edited by John Perryman & Andrew Forbes, Seapower Centre Australia, 2014.
  • The War at Sea 1914–18, edited by Andrew Forbes, Seapower Centre Australia, 2015.


  • Australian Naval Institute Journal, “Australian Naval Institute in 1991 – A Discussion Paper on Future Options”, Lieutenant Commander Peter Jones, RAN & Lieutenant Tom Frame, RAN, Vol. 17 No. 1 February 1991.
  • Australian Naval Institute Journal, “Women in Surface Combatants”, Vol. 19 No. 4, November 1993.
  • Australian Naval Institute Journal, “Change Management in the RAN: Making it Better,” Vol. 20 No. 4 January 1995.
  • Niobe Papers Volume 7, Edited by F.W. Crickard and G.L. Witol, The Naval Officers Association of Canada, 1995, Paper – “The RAN and the Naval Reserve.”
  • Maritime Security Working Papers Number 3, May 1996, Multi-National Operations: Their Demands and Impact on Medium Power Navies, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
  • Australian Naval Institute Journal, “The need for a ship design philosophy in the RAN”, Vol. 25 No. 2 June 1999.
  • Australian Naval Institute Journal, “Maritime Interception Operations Screen Commander in the Gulf, Parts 1 & 2: Operation Slipper” , Winter and Spring Editions 2003.
  • United States Naval Institute Proceedings, "A Farewell to the Gulf"; October 2004.
  • Australian Defence Force Journal, "Advanced in Information Communications Technology & their Impact on future ADF Commanders", Issue 176, 2008.
  • Australian Defence Force Journal, "In the Wake of an Admiral: Some Reflections on Sea Command in the Modern Era", Issue 184, 2011.

Working Papers/monographs:

  • Struggle For A Solution: The RAN and the Acquisition of a Surface to Air Missile Capability, Sea Power Centre Working Paper No.2., P.D. Jones & J.V.P. Goldrick, 2000.
  • Task Group Command, Centre for Defence Command, Leadership and Management Studies, Command papers, No. 3, 2004.

Contributed drawings to:

  • Jane’s Fighting Ships (1979–1989).
  • Vanguard to Trident: British Naval Policy Since World War II, Eric Grove, US Naval Institute Press, 1987.
  • King’s Ships Were At Sea, J.V.P. Goldrick, US Naval Institute Press, 1984.[10]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png

DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Australian Service Medal ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Legion of Merit ribbon.svg

AUS Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) June 2012[5]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 10 June 2002[11]
DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 27 November 2003[12]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star for 40 plus years of service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legionnaire of the Legion of Merit (United States)
AUS Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star.png Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star

Jones has also been awarded:



External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal John Harvey
Chief Capability Development Group
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General John Caligari