Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Navy People Training and Resources

The Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) is the second most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy, responsible to the Chief of Navy Australia. The rank associated with the position is Rear Admiral (2-star).

DCN/HNPTAR has two parallel sets of responsibilities. First, as the manager of Navy Headquarters they are responsible for the alignment of accountability, responsibility, performance and resource management within the Royal Australian Navy. Second they are responsible for managing the Navy’s uniformed integrated workforce (both permanent and reserve personnel) and members of the Australian Public Service. Commodore Training (COMTRAIN) reports to DCN and is responsible for individual and ship level training.

Rear Admiral Chris Smith CSM RAN was appointed Deputy Chief of Navy/Head Navy People Training and Resources on 11 September 2020.

Rear Admiral Jonathan Earley

Rear Admiral Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, assumed the role of Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Navy on the 16th of December 2022. Rear Admiral Jonathan Earley was born in Perth, Western Australia,...

List of Previous Deputy Chiefs of Navy

RADM Christopher Smith
(2020 - 2022)

Rear Admiral Christopher Smith

Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, AM, CSM, RAN, assumed the role of Commander Australian Fleet on 16 December 2022.  Rear Admiral Smith joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1989. His seagoing...

VADM Mark Hammond
(2018 - 2020)

Vice Admiral Mark Hammond

Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986 as an Electronics Technician, before commissioning as a Naval Officer in 1988. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force...

VADM Michael Noonan
(2016 - 2018)

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1984 and graduated in 1986 with a Diploma of Applied Science. He trained as a Seaman Officer and then subsequently...

Rear Admiral Michael van Balen
(2013 - 2016)

Rear Admiral Michael Julian van Balen

Michael van Balen was born in Brisbane, QLD on 16 February 1961 and joined the RAN as a Junior Entry Cadet Midshipman in 1978. After graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982, he...

RADM Trevor Jones Portrait
(2011 - 2013)

Rear Admiral Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1978 under the Navy scholarship scheme to pursue a career as a seaman officer. After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a...

RADM Davyd Thomas
(2008 - 2011)

Rear Admiral Davyd Rhys Thomas

Davyd Rhys Thomas was born and raised in Newcastle and joined the Navy in 1974. A graduate of the RAN College, he served as a Seaman Officer in a wide variety of platforms, including patrol boats,...

VADM Russ Crane
(2006 - 2008)

Vice Admiral Russell Harry Crane

Russell Harry 'Russ' Crane was born in Southport, Queensland on 11 June 1954 and began his naval career as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin in 1970, training as an Electrical Mechanic in aircraft...

(2004 - 2006)

Rear Admiral Ronald Maxwell Hancock

Ronald 'Max' Hancock was born on 27 August 1956. Following schooling in Victoria and Queensland, he joined the RAN in 1972, entering the Royal Australian Naval College. He graduated as a Seaman...

(2002 - 2004)

Rear Admiral Rowan Carlisle Moffitt

Rowan Moffitt was born in Sydney on 29 November 1955 and educated there prior to entering the Royal Australian Naval College as a senior entry Midshipman in 1974; graduating at the end of 1975. After...

RADM Brian Adams
(2000 - 2002)

Rear Admiral Brian Lee Adams

Brian Lee Adams was born in Southport, Queensland on 26 June 1952 and joined the RAN as a junior recruit, at HMAS Leeuwin, in January 1968. He was selected for officer training and became a...