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Sir Roy Russell Dowling
28 May 1901 – 15 April 1969 (aged 67)
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Captain Roy Dowling
Place of birth Condon, New South Wales, Australia
Place of death Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1915–1961
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
HMAS Sydney
HMAS Hobart
HMS Naiad
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Vice Admiral Sir Roy Russell Dowling KCVO, KBE, CB, DSO (28 May 1901 – 15 April 1969) was a long serving Royal Australian Navy (RAN) officer. On 24 February 1955, Dowling was appointed First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board, and Chief of Staff of the RAN. He died of a coronary occlusion on 15 April 1969 in Canberra Hospital and was cremated.




Early life and career

Roy Russell Dowling was born on 28 May 1901 in the town of Condong, New South Wales. In 1915, Dowling entered the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay as part of the first intake. Although an underachiever academically, Dowling achieved the position of chief cadet captain and graduated as the King's medallist in 1918.[1]



  1. ^ NAA 1939 - 1948
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee
1959 – 1961
Succeeded by
Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins
First Naval Member & Chief of Staff
1955 – 1959
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Sir Henry Burrell
Preceded by
Rear Admiral John Eaton
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
1953 – 1955
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Henry Burrell


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