Chief of Navy (New Zealand)

Chief of Navy (CN) commands the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and is responsible to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) for raising, training and sustaining those forces necessary to meet agreed government outputs. The CN acts as principal advisor to the CDF on Navy matters, and is the most senior appointment in the RNZN. The rank associated with the position is rear admiral, and CNs are generally appointed on a three-year term.[1]

The position was originally created as Chief of Naval Staff and First Naval Member upon the formation of the RNZN on 1 October 1941. The title changed to Chief of Naval Staff in 1970, and CN in 2003.[2] Rear Admiral John Martin, the incumbent CN, assumed the post on 30 November 2015.[3]

Chief of Navy
Naval Ensign of New Zealand
Naval Ensign of New Zealand
Incumbent
David Proctor

since 29 November 2018
New Zealand Defence Force
StyleRear Admiral
AbbreviationCN
Member ofNavy Leadership Board
Reports toChief of Defence Force
Term lengthThree years (renewable)
Formation1 October 1941
First holderRear Admiral Edward Parry
DeputyDeputy Chief of Navy
WebsiteOfficial website

Appointees

The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Chief of Navy or its preceding positions, with rank and honours as at the completion of the individual's term.[2][4][5]

Name Took office Left office Time in office
Chief of Naval Staff and First Naval Member
1
Edward Parry CB
Commodore
Edward Parry CB
(1893–1972)
RN
1 October 1941June 19428 months
2
Sir Atwell Lake, 9th Baronet CB, OBE
Commodore
Sir Atwell Lake, 9th Baronet CB, OBE
(1891–1972)
RN
June 194212 July 19453 years, 1 month
3
George Haines Faulkner DSC
Commodore
George Haines Faulkner DSC
(1893–1983)
RN
13 July 1945May 19471 year, 9 months
4
George Simpson CB, CBE
Commodore
George Simpson CB, CBE
RN
July 1947June 19503 years, 1 month
5
F.A. Balance DSO
Commodore
F.A. Balance DSO
RN
June 1950April 19532 years, 10 months
6
Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Baronet CB
Commodore
Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Baronet CB
(1906–2001)
RN
April 1953May 19552 years, 1 month
7
John McBeath CB, DSO, DSC
Rear Admiral
John McBeath CB, DSO, DSC
RN
May 1955February 19582 years, 9 months
8
Michael Villiers OBE
Rear Admiral
Michael Villiers OBE
(1907–1990)
RN
February 1958March 19602 years, 1 month
9
Peter Phipps KBE, DSC & Bar, VRD
Rear Admiral
Peter Phipps KBE, DSC & Bar, VRD
(1909–1989)
[a]
April 1960June 19633 years, 3 months
10
Richard Washbourn CB, DSO, OBE
Rear Admiral
Richard Washbourn CB, DSO, OBE
RN/RNZN
June 1963October 19652 years, 4 months
11
John Ross CB, CBE
Rear Admiral
John Ross CB, CBE
October 1965June 19693 years, 8 months
12
Lawrence Carr DSC
Rear Admiral
Lawrence Carr DSC
July 1969May 197010 months
Chief of Naval Staff
1
Lawrence Carr CB, DSC
Rear Admiral
Lawrence Carr CB, DSC
June 1970June 19722 years, 1 month
2
Edward Thorne CB, CBE
Rear Admiral
Edward Thorne CB, CBE
(1923–2013)
July 1972December 19753 years, 6 months
3
John McKenzie CB, CBE
Rear Admiral
John McKenzie CB, CBE
December 1975December 19772 years
4
Neil Anderson CB, CBE
Rear Admiral
Neil Anderson CB, CBE
(1927–2010)
[a]
December 1977April 19802 years, 4 months
5
Keith Saull CB
Rear Admiral
Keith Saull CB
April 1980April 19833 years
6
Cedric Steward CB
Rear Admiral
Cedric Steward CB
April 1983February 19862 years, 10 months
7
Lincoln Tempero CB
Rear Admiral
Lincoln Tempero CB
February 1986May 19871 year, 3 months
8
Douglas Domett CB, CBE
Rear Admiral
Douglas Domett CB, CBE
May 1987May 19892 years
9
Somerford Teagle
Rear Admiral
Somerford Teagle
[a]
May 1989March 19911 year, 10 months
10
Ian Hunter CB
Rear Admiral
Ian Hunter CB
March 1991April 19943 years, 1 month
11
J.E.N. Welch CB
Rear Admiral
J.E.N. Welch CB
April 19947 April 19973 years
12
Fred Wilson CBE, LVO
Rear Admiral
Fred Wilson CBE, LVO
8 April 1997April 20002 years, 11 months
13
Peter McHaffie OBE
Rear Admiral
Peter McHaffie OBE
April 2000April 20033 years
Chief of Navy
1
Peter McHaffie CNZM, OBE
Rear Admiral
Peter McHaffie CNZM, OBE
April 20037 April 20041 year
2
David Ledson ONZM
Rear Admiral
David Ledson ONZM
(born 1951)
8 April 2004April 20094 years, 11 months
3
Tony Parr ONZM, MVO
Rear Admiral
Tony Parr ONZM, MVO
(born 1955)
April 200929 November 20123 years, 7 months
4
Jack Steer ONZM
Rear Admiral
Jack Steer ONZM
30 November 201230 November 20153 years
5
John Martin ONZM
Rear Admiral
John Martin ONZM
30 November 201529 November 20182 years, 11 months
6
David Proctor
Rear Admiral
David Proctor
29 November 2018Incumbent8 months

Notes

  1. ^ a b c was subsequently promoted to vice admiral and appointed Chief of Defence Force.

References

  1. ^ "RNZN Key Personnel". About Your Navy. Royal New Zealand Navy. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Wynd, Michael. "Lists of Commanding Officers NZ Division of the RN/RNZN Fleets". The Family History Network. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Chief of Navy". Key Personnel. Royal New Zealand Navy. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ Waters, S.D. (1956). The Royal New Zealand Navy. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45. Wellington, New Zealand: Historical Publications Branch. p. 539.
  5. ^ "Chiefs of Navy". Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
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