Christopher Angus Ritchie
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (left) receives an award from Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, February 2003
Nickname Chris Born 16 January 1949 (age 62) Allegiance Australia Service/branch Royal Australian Navy Years of service 1968 - 2005 Rank Vice Admiral Commands held Chief of Navy
Deputy Chief of Navy
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia Other work Patron of the Australasian Hydrographic Society
Ritchie graduated from the RAN College at Jervis Bay in 1968. He 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. His commands have included HMAS Tarakan, HMAS Torrens, and HMAS Brisbane.
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 (AM).
In 1992 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom. On completion of this course 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 (MCAUST). He then served as Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) and Head of Capability Systems (HCS).
As a consequence of his service in these appointments, and in addition to receiving the Centenary medal, he was promoted to Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in January 2001. He was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Commander Australian Theatre (COMAST) on 3 August 2001. He was the first Commander to have previously served as a Component Commander to the Headquarters. He assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy from Chief of Navy (CN) Vice Admiral David Shackleton on 3 July 2002 and retired in July 2005.
- ^ a b c Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO, RANR - Ancors Fellow[dead link] Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security - archived copy
- ^ 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
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders
Rear Admiral ?
Deputy Chief of Navy
1999 – 2000
Rear Admiral Brian Adams
Rear Admiral Christopher Oxenbould
Maritime Commander Australia
1997 – 1999
Rear Admiral John Lord
Commonwealth Naval Forces
First Naval Members,
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Sir William Rooke Creswell • Sir Percy Grant • Sir Allan Everett • Percival Hall-Thompson • William Napier • Sir William Munro Kerr • Sir George Hyde • Sir Ragnar Colvin • Sir Guy Royle • Sir Louis Keppel Hamilton • Sir John Augustine Collins • Sir Roy Dowling • Sir Henry Burrell • Sir Hastings Harrington • Sir Alan McNicoll • Sir Victor Smith • Sir Richard Peek • Sir David Stevenson
Chiefs of the Naval Staff Chiefs of Navy Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
John Eccles · John Eaton · Roy Dowling · Henry Burrell · David Harries · Henry Burrell · Galfrey Gatacre · Hastings Harrington · Alan McNicoll · Otto Becher · Thomas Morrison · Victor Smith · Richard Peek · Gordon Crabb · David Stevenson · William Dovers · David Stevenson · William Dovers · Anthony Synnot · David Wells · Geoffrey Gladstone · Neil McDonald · James Willis · David Leach · Peter Doyle · John Stevens · Michael Hudson · Geoffrey Woolrych · Ian Knox · Peter Sinclair
Maritime Commander Australia Commander Australian Fleet
Davyd Thomas · Nigel Coates · Steve Gilmore
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