Christopher Angus Ritchie
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (left) receives an award from Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, February 2003
|Born||16 January 1949|
|Service/||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1968–2005|
|Commands held||Chief 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)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Legion of Merit (United States)
|Other work||Patron of the Australasian Hydrographic Society|
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. 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.
As a consequence of his service in these appointments, and in addition to receiving the Centenary medal, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2001. 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.
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
| Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould
| Deputy Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Geoffrey Smith
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould
| Maritime Commander Australia
Rear Admiral John Lord
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Commonwealth Naval Forces
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Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
|Chiefs of the Naval Staff|
|Chiefs of Navy|
|Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet|
|Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron|
|Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet|
|Maritime Commander Australia|
|Commander Australian Fleet|