Deputy Chief of Navy (Australia)
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Deputy Chief of Navy Australia

Deputy Chief of the
Incumbent
Christopher Smith

since 11 September 2020
StyleRear Admiral
AbbreviationDCN
Member ofRoyal Australian Navy
Reports toChief of Navy
WebsiteOfficial website

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).

Appointees

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.

Rank
Name
Postnominal(s)
Term
began
Term
ended
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
Captain Frank Getting 1940 1942[1]
Captain Roy Dowling September 1943 1944
Captain David Harries 1944 1945[2]
Captain Herbert Buchanan October 1945 1946[3][4]
Captain Henry Burrell October 1946 October 1948
Captain Galfry Gatacre October 1948 1951[5]
Captain Alan McNicoll October 1951 1952[6]
Captain Otto Becher 1952 1954[4]
Captain Henry Burrell 1954 1954
Rear Admiral Jack Mesley 1955 1957[2]
Rear Admiral Galfry Gatacre January 1957 January 1959[5]
Rear Admiral Otto Becher January 1959 1962[4]
Rear Admiral Thomas Morrison 1962 1964[2]
Rear Admiral Richard Peek 1965 1967
Rear Admiral Victor Smith 1967 April 1968
Rear Admiral David Stevenson 1968 1970
Rear Admiral David Wells 1970 1971[7]
Rear Admiral Anthony Synnot 1972 1973
Rear Admiral William Dovers 1973 1975[4][8][9]
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Gladstone 1974[9] 1975[2]
Rear Admiral Brian Murray 1975 1978[2]
Rear Admiral Neil McDonald 1978 1979[2]
Rear Admiral John Stevens 1979 1981[7]
Rear Admiral Peter Doyle 1981 1982[4]
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Woolrych 1982 1983[7]
Rear Admiral Ian Richards 1983 1984[7]
Rear Admiral Ian Knox 1984 1984
Rear Admiral Neil Ralph 1985 1989[10][11]
Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair 1989 1989
Rear Admiral Ken Doolan 1989 1990[4]
Rear Admiral Ian MacDougall July 1990 March 1991
Rear Admiral Robert Walls 1991 1991
Rear Admiral Rodney Taylor November 1991 1994
Rear Admiral David Campbell 1994 1995[4]
Rear Admiral Chris Barrie May 1996 June 1997
Deputy Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould 1997 1999[7]
Rear Admiral Chris Ritchie 1999 1999[12]
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Smith 1999 2000[7]
Rear Admiral Brian Adams June 2000 June 2002[4]
Rear Admiral Rowan Moffitt June 2002 June 2004[2]
Rear Admiral Max Hancock June 2004 June 2006[2]
Rear Admiral Russ Crane June 2006 June 2008
Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas June 2008 February 2011
Rear Admiral Trevor Jones February 2011 2013
Rear Admiral Michael van Balen 2013 28 January 2016
Rear Admiral Michael Noonan 28 January 2016 23 March 2018
Rear Admiral Mark Hammond 23 March 2018 11 September 2020
Rear Admiral Christopher Smith 11 September 2020[13] Incumbent

References

  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. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2011 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  6. ^ "McNicoll, Alan Wedel Ramsay". Records Search. National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 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 Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Rear Admiral Neil Ralph ret'd, Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Victorian Branch, www.vvaavic.org.au
  11. ^ Australia Day Honours, 1987, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1987
  12. ^ Vice Admirals, Admirals of the RAN
  13. ^ "Rear Admiral Christopher Smith". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 2020.

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