Chris Ritchie

Vice Admiral Christopher Angus "Chris" Ritchie AO (born 16 January 1949) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy, who served as Chief of Navy from 2002 to 2005.

Christopher Angus Ritchie
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie RAN
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (left) receives an award from Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, February 2003
Born16 January 1949
Melbourne, Victoria
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1968–2005
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Navy (2002–05)
Deputy Chief of Navy (1999)
Maritime Commander Australia (1997–99)
HMAS Brisbane (1990–91)
HMAS Torrens (1986–87)
HMAS Tarakan (1973–74)
Battles/warsVietnam War
Gulf War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Legion of Merit (United States)
Other workPatron of the Australasian Hydrographic Society

Early life

Ritchie was born in Melbourne on 16 January 1949 to Angus Lachlan Ritchie and Colleen Burnice Ritchie.[1]

Naval career

Ritchie graduated from the RAN College at Jervis Bay in 1968. He received further training at sea and in the United Kingdom before undertaking a succession of seagoing appointments and a staff appointment at the NATO School of Maritime Operations at HMS DRYAD. His commands have included HMAS Tarakan, HMAS Torrens, and HMAS Brisbane.

During his period in command of HMAS Brisbane, the ship deployed to the Persian Gulf where she participated for the duration of the Persian Gulf War.[2] In 1991, as a result of this service, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

In 1992 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom. On completion of this course he was promoted to commodore and had appointments in Naval Policy and Warfare, and Military Strategy and Concepts. In 1997 he was promoted to rear admiral and appointed as Maritime Commander Australia. He then served as Deputy Chief of Navy and Head of Capability Systems.[2]

As a consequence of his service in these appointments, and in addition to receiving the Centenary medal,[3] he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2001.[4] He was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Commander Australian Theatre on 3 August 2001. He was the first Commander to have previously served as a Component Commander to the Headquarters. He assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy from Chief of Navy (CN) Vice Admiral David Shackleton on 3 July 2002 and retired in July 2005.[2]

After military service

In 2018, Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie was reported as a spokesman for Shipbuilder Lurssen Australia who would be building new offshore patrol vessels.[5]


  1. ^ "Vice Adm. (Rtd) Christopher Angus Ritchie". ConnectWeb. Who's Who in Australia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO, RANR – Ancors Fellow". Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  3. ^ It's an Honour – Centenary Medal – 1 January 2001
    Citation: For services to Australian society through the Royal Australian Navy.
  4. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2001
    Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy as the Maritime Commander Australia, Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Capability Systems.
  5. ^ "More Saab defence jobs for Adelaide". InDaily. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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Preceded by
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
Chief of Navy
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould
Deputy Chief of Navy
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Smith
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould
Maritime Commander Australia
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral John Lord
Australasian Hydrographic Society

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