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Christopher Angus Ritchie
Born 16 January 1949 (1949-01-16)
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie RAN.jpg
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (left) receives an award from Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, February 2003
Nickname Chris
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Australia.svg Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1968 - 2005
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Navy
HMAS Tarakan (L 129)
HMAS Torrens (DE 53)
HMAS Brisbane (D 41)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Other work Patron of the Australasian Hydrographic Society

Vice Admiral Christopher Angus (Chris) Ritchie AO (born 16 January 1949) is a retired Vice Admiral of the Royal Australian Navy, and was Chief of Navy (3 July 2002 - 2005).

Career highlights

  • Graduated from the RAN College at Jervis Bay in 1968.
  • Received further training at sea and in the United Kingdom before undertaking a succession of seagoing appointments and a staff appointment at the NATO School of Maritime Operations at HMS DRYAD.
  • Commands have included HMAS Tarakan (L 129), HMAS Torrens (DE 53), and HMAS Brisbane (D 41).
    • During his period in command of HMAS Brisbane, the ship deployed to the Persian Gulf where she participated for the duration of the Persian Gulf War.
    • In 1991, as a result of this service, he was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia.
  • In 1992, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.
  • On completion he was promoted to Commodore and had appointments in Naval Policy and Warfare, and Military Strategy and Concepts.
  • In 1997 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Maritime Commander Australia.
  • From May 1999, served briefly as Deputy Chief of Navy.
  • Soon appointed as Head of Capability Systems in the Australia Department of Defence.
    • As a consequence of his service in these appointments he was promoted to Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in January 2001.
  • He was appointed as Commander Australian Theatre on 3 August 2001. He was the first Commander to have previously served as a Component Commander (for Navy) to the Headquarters.
  • Assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy from Vice Admiral David Shackleton, 3 July 2002.
  • Retired, July 2005.

External links

  • It's an Honour - Centenary Medal - 1 January 2001
    Citation: For services to Australian society through the Royal Australian Navy.
  • It's an Honour - Officer of the Order of Australia - 26 January 2001
    Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy as the Maritime Commander Australia, Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Capability Systems.
  • Copyright photo of VADM Chris Ritchie, Chief of Navy, ANZAC Day 2005.
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
Chief of Navy
2002 – 2005
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Christopher Oxenbould
Maritime Commander Australia
1997 – 1999
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral John Lord


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