Senior Leadership Group

Chief of Navy

VADM Ray Griggs, AM, CSC, RAN

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs

Vice Admiral Griggs was born in Homebush NSW in 1961. He joined the Adelaide Port Division of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 1978 as a radio operator and entered the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell on a short service commission in 1979. In June 2011, Vice Admiral Griggs assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy.

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).

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Previous Chiefs of Navy

Deputy Chief of Navy

RADM Michael van Balen RAN

Rear Admiral Michael van Balen

RADM Michael van Balen RAN joined the RAN as a Junior Entry Cadet Midshipman in 1978. Graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982, he undertook a variety of sea appointments in HMA Ships Barbette, Brisbane, Stalwart, Stuart, Yarra, Bunbury, Derwent...

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).

Previous Deputy Chiefs of Navy

Commander Australian Fleet

RADM Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN

Rear Admiral Tim Barrett

Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN was appointed Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT) on 22 December 2011. As COMAUSFLT, he is responsible for all Navy ships, submarines, aircraft squadrons, diving teams and establishments, and the personnel...

Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT), also referred to as Fleet Commander Australia (FCAUST), is a senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), holding full command of all Navy combat forces and responsibility for all maritime operations within the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The rank associated with the position is Rear Admiral (2-star).

The title first came into use in 2007. Previous titles for the position since 1913 have been:

  • Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet (1913–1926),
  • Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron (1926–1949),
  • Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet (1949–1988, regularly abbreviated as FOCAF), and
  • Maritime Commander Australia (1988–2007 - MCAUST).

Previous Commanders Australian Fleet

Head of Navy Capability

RADM Mark Campbell, CSC, RAN

Rear Admiral Mark Campbell

Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, CSC, RAN is a Helicopter Warfare Instructor with substantial aviation, command, acquisition and sustainment experience. He has about 3,500 flying hours mainly as an anti-submarine tactical co-ordinator in Sea King and Seahawk...

Previous Heads Navy Capability

Head Navy Engineering

RADM Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN

Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell

Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman in January 1982, graduating in 1985 with degree in Electrical Engineering, with majors in digital and radio frequency communication. He was awarded the RANC Jubilee Sword for...

Head Navy Engineering is responsible for numerous roles/functions. Following are the permanent roles/functions.

As Head of Navy Engineering:

  • set strategic direction, policies, standards and specifications that result in the delivery of seaworthy material;
  • articulate requirements for people, processes and organisation that support the delivery of seaworthy material;
  • define material certification requirements and policy;
  • oversee an independent function to assure the delivery of seaworthy materiel;
  • oversight the management and operations of the Fleet Support Unit (Australia); and
  • develop and promulgate guidance to ensure the wider Navy understands its role in the delivery and maintenance of seaworthy material.

As Naval Flag Administrator:

  • set strategic direction, policies, standards and specifications for the Seaworthiness Management System on behalf of the Defence Seaworthiness Authority;
  • define requirements for people, processes and organisation that support the delivery of the outcomes of Seaworthiness Management;
  • define ship and submarine certification and licensing policy;
  • oversee an independent function to assure the effective and efficient operation of the Seaworthiness Management System; and
  • represent Navy in the Defence Work Health & Safety Committee.


Warrant Officer of the Navy

WO Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger

Warrant Officer of the Navy Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a direct entry Under Water Control Submariner from Brisbane, Queensland in 1987. After completing category training at HMAS Platypus, he joined HMAS Oxley completing various...

The Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON), is responsible to the Chief of Navy (CN), and as the most senior ranking sailor in the Navy is entitled to exercise command over all other Sailors in the RAN. The WON is a member of the personal staff of the CN and as such, operates from the office of the CN and is a member of Chief of Navy's Senior Advisory Committee (CNSAC). The WON's primary duty is to represent to CN and others the solicited and unsolicited views, concerns and opinions of Sailors, which affect the Navy as a whole. In addition, the WON is responsible for:

  • assisting in the overall maintenance of discipline and morale of Sailors in the RAN;
  • providing input as necessary to ad hoc reviews/inquiries;
  • channelling feedback to Navy Headquarters Directorates;
  • representing Sailors on standing committees;
  • advising any Officer seeking advice on matters relating to Sailors in general; and
  • the management of all Warrant Officer positions as the Rank Sponsor.

WON provides administrative advice and input to the CN of any need to review regulations or conditions of service, monitors the effectiveness of the Divisional System, and guides Warrant Officers and Senior Sailors Messes on matters of administration, and protocol. He maintains a close working relationship with the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army and the Warrant Officer of the Air Force.

Either by invitation alone or in company with the CN (or representatives) the WON is the senior non-commissioned representative of personnel at significant ceremonial occasions, appropriate functions and civil receptions. In addition to being a permanent member of formal advisory groups and councils, WON is also a Director on the Boards of Navy Health Pty. Ltd.

Previous Warrant Officers of the Navy