Ray Griggs

Vice Admiral Raymond James Griggs, AO, CSC (born July 1961) is a former senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy. He served as Chief of Navy from June 2011 to June 2014,[2] before being appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force until his retirement in July 2018.

Ray Griggs
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Vice Admiral Ray Griggs in April 2013
BornJuly 1961 (age 58)
Homebush, New South Wales
AllegianceAustralia
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1978–2018
RankVice admiral
Commands heldVice Chief of the Defence Force (2014–18)
Chief of Navy (2011–14)
Australian Amphibious Task Group (2005–06)
HMAS Arunta (2001–03)
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Other workVice-president Australian Naval Institute (2006–11)[1]

Early years

Ray Griggs was born in Homebush, New South Wales, in July 1961 to James and Maureen Griggs.[1][3]

Early career

Griggs joined the Adelaide Port Division of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 1978 as a radio operator.[3] He entered the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell on a "short service commission" in 1979. In his early years, Griggs served on the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and HMA ships Yarra and Advance. He then spent 12 months with the Royal Navy on HMS Jersey, where he gained his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate. In late 1981 he was posted to HMAS Perth as a bridge watchkeeper and deployed to the North West Indian Ocean.[3]

Promoted to lieutenant, from 1983 to 1994 he completed a series of postings as navigating officer of HMA Ships Cessnock, Torrens, Tobruk, Jervis Bay and Perth. Other roles included: aide-de-camp to the Governor of Tasmania, Sir James Plimsoll; two postings in the navy's officer career management directorate; staff officer (navigation) to the Commander Australian Patrol Boat Forces; and at Australian Defence Headquarters in Canberra, deputy director military strategy as lieutenant commander, and director future warfare as captain.[3]

Command career

From 1995 to 1997 he served as commissioning executive officer of HMAS Anzac, helping to bring the Anzac class frigates into service.[3] In October 2001 he assumed command of the ANZAC class frigate HMAS Arunta and was immediately involved in border protection duties as part of Operation RELEX. Arunta then deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq and in support of "The War on Terror". The ship was recognized for her efforts by being awarded the Duke of Gloucester Cup for being the most operationally efficient ship in the RAN fleet for 2002.[3] In 2003 Griggs was posted as the ANZAC class capability element manager in Rockingham, Western Australia. In 2004 he studied at the National War College in Washington, D.C., prior to assuming command of the Australian Amphibious Task Group in mid-2005.[3]

Griggs was promoted to commodore in February 2006 and appointed as the deputy maritime (fleet) commander, until assuming the position of director general navy strategic policy and futures in Navy Headquarters in September 2007. In February 2008 he was seconded to the Defence White Paper team, where he led the development of the force structure review that provided the force structure underpinning the 2009 White Paper.[3] In early 2009 he attended the UK Higher Command and Staff Course and was subsequently promoted to rear admiral and appointed as deputy head strategic reform and governance.[3] In May 2010 he was posted as Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.[3]

Griggs handed over command of the Navy to Vice Admiral Tim Barrett during a ceremony on 30 June 2014, and succeeded Air Marshal Mark Binskin as VCDF that day.[4] After four years in the post and 40 years of service, Griggs retired from the navy on 6 July 2018 and was replaced as VCDF by Vice Admiral David Johnston.

Other activities

Griggs is an honorary patron of the ACT Veterans Rugby Club.

Education

Personal life

Griggs is married to Chloe and has a son and a daughter.[1]

Honours and awards

Grand Cross of the Naval Merit (Spain) - White Decoration
The breast star insignia of the Grand Cross with White Decoration of the Order of Naval Merit awarded by Spain

Griggs was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1997,[5] a Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2003 for his work in the Persian Gulf,[6] and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009.[7]

Griggs was elevated to an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list, "For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force as Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, and Chief of the Royal Australian Navy."[8]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon
CSC Australia ribbon
Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon
CSC Australia ribbon
Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon

Australian Active Service Medal ribbon
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon
Australian Service Medal ribbon
AUS OSM Border Service

Australian Active Service Medal ribbon
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon
Australian Service Medal ribbon
AUS OSM Border Service

DFSM with Fed Star
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon
Star of the Navy - 1st Class (Indonesia) - ribbon bar
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon

DFSM with Fed Star
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon
Star of the Navy - 1st Class (Indonesia) - ribbon bar
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon

Legion Honneur Officier ribbon
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon
PHL Military Civic Action Medal
ESP Gran Cruz Merito Naval (Distintivo Blanco) pasador

Legion Honneur Officier ribbon
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon
PHL Military Civic Action Medal
ESP Gran Cruz Merito Naval (Distintivo Blanco) pasador
Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) June 2012[8]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2009 [7]
CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) 1997 [5]
Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Commendation for Distinguished Service 2003 [6]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal [9]
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal [9]
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal [9]
AUS OSM Border Service.PNG Operational Service Medal for Border Protection
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with federation star (35–39 Years Service)[9]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal [9]
Star of the Navy - 1st Class (Indonesia) - ribbon bar.png Navy Meritorious Service Star (Indonesia) 19 November 2012[10]
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) May 2013[11]
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the Legion of Honour (France) 25 March 2014
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore) 15 May 2014[12]
PHL Military Civic Action Medal.gif Military Civic Action Medal (Philippines) [9]
ESP Gran Cruz Merito Naval (Distintivo Blanco) pasador.svg Grand Cross with White Decoration of the Order of Naval Merit (Spain) October 2014[13]

Griggs has also been awarded the RAN's "Principal Warfare Officer" badge and the RAN's "Sea Readiness Badge" with Gold Star.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Vice Admiral R.J. Griggs AM CSC RAN, Chief of Navy (CN)". Defence Leaders: Navy. Department of Defence. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Royal Australian Navy. "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs". navy.gov.au. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b Conspicuous Service Cross, 1997
  6. ^ a b Commendation for Distinguished Service, 2003
  7. ^ a b Member of the Order of Australia, 2009
  8. ^ a b Officer of the Order of Australia Archived 19 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 2012
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Navy Image Library". navy.gov.au. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  10. ^ Defence News – Indonesian Navy Meritorious Service Star – 19 November 2012
  11. ^ Royal Australian Navy 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Royal Australian Navy, Australian American Memorial, Russell Office, Canberra
  12. ^ "Australian Chief of Navy Receives Prestigious Military Award". mindef.gov.sg. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  13. ^ AMSA Vice Chief of the Defence Force visits AMSA, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral David Johnston
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Russ Crane
Chief of Navy
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
Preceded by
Major General Ash Power
Deputy Chief of Joint Operations
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore
Preceded by
Commander Steve Gilmore
Commander HMAS Arunta
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Commander Braddon Wheeler
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