Gary Wight

Warrant Officer Gary William Wight, AM (born 21 September 1968) is a senior sailor in the Royal Australian Navy and the current Warrant Officer of the Navy since 2016.[1]

Gary Wight
Born21 September 1968 (age 50)
Liverpool, New South Wales
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1987–present
RankWarrant Officer
Commands heldWarrant Officer of the Navy
Battles/warsOperation Okra
AwardsMember of the Order of Australia

Early life

Wight was born in Liverpool, New South Wales, on 21 September 1968. He joined the navy in January 1987, later completing submarine training.

Naval career

As a chief petty officer, Wight served as Chief of the Boat of HMAS Sheean. He was promoted to warrant officer in 2006 and appointed Ships Warrant Officer of the frigate HMAS Darwin.[1] In September 2012 he served as Command Warrant Officer of Career Management until he deployed on Operation Okra in June 2015 as the Command Warrant Officer of Joint Task Force 633.[2]

Wight has been awarded two Fleet Commander's Commendations. The first was for his service as Communications Capability Staff Officer, Submarine Force HMAS Stirling. The second was for service as the ship's warrant officer of HMAS Darwin.[1] He became the 8th Warrant Officer of the Navy in 2016.[3] He holds a Master of Business Management from the University of New South Wales.[1]

Wight was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his "exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of Navy People leadership and management."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Official Biography". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ Jamieson, Cameron (10 August 2015). "Senior first for senior sailor". Australian Navy. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ Morley, Dave (29 April 2016). "New Warrant Officer of the Navy appointed". Australian Navy. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "'Extraordinary' Australians honoured in annual Queen's Birthday ceremonies". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Martin Holzberger
Warrant Officer of the Navy
Martin Holzberger

Warrant Officer Martin Grant Holzberger is a retired senior sailor of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) who served as the 7th Warrant Officer of the Navy from 2012 to 2016.

Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force, called the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

Britain's Royal Navy’s Australian Squadron was assigned to the Australia Station and provided support to the RAN. The Australian and New Zealand governments helped to fund the Australian Squadron until 1913, while the Admiralty committed itself to keeping the Squadron at a constant strength. The Australian Squadron ceased on 4 October 1913, when RAN ships entered Sydney Harbour for the first time.The Royal Navy continued to provide blue-water defence capability in the Pacific up to the early years of the Second World War. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many smaller warships. In the decade following the war, the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the last of which was decommissioned in 1982.

Today, the RAN consists of 48 commissioned vessels, 3 non-commissioned vessels and over 16,000 personnel. The navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the South Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. The current Chief of Navy is Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.

Warrant Officer of the Navy

Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) is the most senior warrant officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It is a singular appointment, being only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WO-N is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The current Warrant Officer of the Navy is Gary Wight.

The appointment is the equivalent of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) in the Australian Army, and Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) in the Royal Australian Air Force.

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