Previous Commanders Australian Fleet

The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Commander Australian Fleet.

List of Previous Commanders Australian Fleet

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Gladstone
(1975 - 1977)

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 Davis Wells

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...

RADM William John Dovers

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...

VADM Sir Hugh David Stevenson

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...

VADM Eaton

Vice Admiral John William Musgrave Eaton

John William Musgrave Eaton was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia on 3 November 1902. He was educated at Temple Grove Preparatory School in Eastbourne, Sussex and entered the Royal Navy, as a Cadet...

ADML Eccles

Admiral John Arthur Symons Eccles

John Arthur Symons Eccles was born in Marylebone, London on 20 June 1898 and joined the Royal Navy on 15 September 1916 as a Special Entry Cadet. Eccles was promoted to Midshipman on 31 March 1917...


Admiral George Edwin Patey

George Edwin Patey was born at Montpellier, near Plymouth, England on 24 February 1859. His father, also George Edwin Patey, was a captain in the Royal Navy. His mother Lucinda was the daughter of...