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Crest of the Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, the then Chief of Navy, being greeted by Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd at the 2008 National Anzac Day Service, Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Chief of Navy is the most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy, responsible to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary of Defence. The rank associated with the position is Vice Admiral (3-star).

Vice Admiral Russell Crane is the current Chief of Navy and assumed this position in July 2008.

Appointees

Name Service Term began Term ended
Director, Commonwealth Naval Forces
Rear Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell KCMG, KBE RAN 25 February 1904 28 February 1911
First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Rear Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell KCMG, KBE RAN 1 March 1911 9 June 1919
Rear Admiral Sir Percy Grant KCVO, CB RN 10 June 1919 14 February 1921
Vice Admiral Sir Allen Everett KCMG, KCVO, CB RN 24 November 1921 29 August 1923
Rear Admiral Percival Hall-Thompson CB, CMG RN 25 February 1924 28 June 1926
Rear Admiral William Napier CB, CMG, DSO RN 29 June 1926 11 June 1929
Vice Admiral Sir William Munro Kerr KBE, CB RN 21 October 1929 19 October 1931
Admiral Sir George Hyde KCB, CVO, CBE RN 20 October 1931 28 July 1937
Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin KBE, CB RN 1 November 1937 3 March 1941
Admiral Sir Guy Royle KCB, CMG, DSO RN 18 July 1941 28 June 1945
Admiral Louis Hamilton KCB, DSO RN 29 June 1945 23 February 1948
Vice Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins KBE, CB RAN 24 February 1948 23 February 1955
Vice Admiral Sir Roy Dowling KBE, CB, DSO RAN 24 February 1955 23 February 1959
Vice Admiral Henry Burrell KBE, CB RAN 24 February 1959 23 February 1962
Vice Admiral Sir Hastings Harrington KBE, CB, DSO RAN 24 February 1962 23 February 1965
Vice Admiral Sir Alan McNicoll KBE, CB, GM RAN 24 February 1965 2 April 1968
Vice Admiral Sir Victor Smith AC, KBE, CB, DSC RAN 3 April 1968 22 November 1970
Vice Admiral Sir Richard Peek KBE, CB, DSC RAN 23 November 1970 22 November 1973
Vice Admiral David Stevenson AC, KBE RAN 23 November 1973 22 November 1976
Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot KBE, AO RAN 23 November 1976 20 April 1979
Vice Admiral Sir James Willis KBE, AO RAN 21 April 1979 20 April 1982
Vice Admiral David Leach AC, CBE, LVO RAN 21 April 1982 20 April 1985
Vice Admiral Michael Hudson AC RAN 21 April 1985 8 March 1991
Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall AC RAN 9 March 1991 9 March 1994
Vice Admiral Rodney Taylor AO RAN 10 March 1994 18 February 1997
Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Rodney Taylor AO RAN 19 February 1997 30 June 1997
Vice Admiral Donald Chalmers AO RAN 1 July 1997 2 July 1999
Vice Admiral David Shackleton AO RAN 3 July 1999 2 July 2002
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO RAN 3 July 2002 3 July 2005
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders AO, CSC RAN 4 July 2005 3 July 2008
Vice Admiral Russell Crane AM, CSM RAN 4 July 2008 3 July 2011
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