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.

RADM Christopher Smith

Rear Admiral Christopher Smith

Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, CSM, RAN, assumed the role of Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Navy on 11 September 2020. Rear Admiral Smith joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1989. His...

List of Previous Deputy Chiefs of Navy

(1979 - 1981)

Rear Admiral John Dixon Stevens

John Dixon Stevens was born in Perth, Western Australia on 27 May 1927 and educated at Kalamunda State School. Of quite humble origins, his father died of heart disease when John was in primary...

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald
(1978 - 1979)

Rear Admiral Neil Ewer McDonald

Neil Ewer McDonald was born on 12 November 1922 in Payneham, South Australia. He entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1936 gaining his colours for cricket, rugby and tennis. On passing out...

(1975 - 1978)

Rear Admiral Sir Brian Stewart Murray

Brian Stewart 'Chick' Murray was born at Glen Huntly, Victoria on 26 December 1921 and was educated at Hampton High School, Melbourne. He entered the RAN as a special entry Cadet Midshipman on 18...

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Gladstone
(1974 - 1975)

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Vernon Gladstone

Geoffrey Vernon Gladstone was born on 27 January 1921 at Wagin, WA the son of Rupert Gladstone (Public Accountant) and Myra Constance Victoria Gladstone (née Jefferson). He entered the Royal...

RADM William John Dovers
(1973)

Rear Admiral William John Dovers

William ‘Bill’ John Dovers was born on 12 February 1918 at Dundas, New South Wales, the eldest of three children to George Dovers (a surveyor who had accompanied Douglas Mawson to Antarctica in 1911...

RADM Davis Wells
(1970-1971)

Rear Admiral David Charles Wells

David Charles Wells was born at Inverell, NSW on 19 November 1918 and entered the RAN College (at Flinders Naval Depot) in January 1933. He was the outstanding Cadet Midshipman of his intake and was...

VADM Sir Hugh David Stevenson
(1968-1970)

Vice Admiral Sir Hugh David Stevenson

Hugh David Stevenson was born in The Valley, a suburb of Brisbane on 24 August 1918 to the Reverend William Henry and Katherine Stevenson. His father was the Rector of Holy Trinity Church and later...

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