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.
|Warrant Officer of the|
Royal Australian Navy
WO-N special insignia
since April 2016
|Style||Warrant Officer of the Navy (Warrant Officer)|
|Inaugural holder||Paul Whittaker|
|1||Paul Whittaker AM||1993||1997|||
|2||(James) Michael McConnell OAM||1997||1999|||
|3||David Wilson AM||1999||2002|||
|4||David Turner AM||2002||2005|||
|6||Mark Tandy CSC||2008||2012|||
|7||Martin Holzberger AM, CSC||2012||2016|||
|8||Gary Wight AM||2016||Incumbent|||
The Australian Defence Force's (ADF) ranks of officers and enlisted personnel in each of its three service branches of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) inherited their rank structures from their British counterparts. The insignia used to identify these ranks are also generally similar to those used in the British Armed Forces.
The following tables show the "equivalent rank and classifications" for the three services, as defined in the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual. "Equivalent rank" means the corresponding rank set out under Regulation 8 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952.Coat of arms of Australia
The coat of arms of Australia, officially called the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia. A shield, depicting symbols of Australia's six states, is held up by the native Australian animals the kangaroo and the emu. The seven-pointed Commonwealth Star surmounting the crest also represents the states and territories, while floral emblems appear below the shield.
The first arms were authorised by King Edward VII on 7 May 1908, and the current version by King George V on 19 September 1912, although the 1908 version continued to be used in some contexts, notably appearing on the reverse of the sixpenny coin.Comparative navy enlisted ranks of Oceania
Rank comparison chart of armies/ land forces of Oceania states.Comparative navy enlisted ranks of the Commonwealth
Rank comparison chart of naval forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.Gary Wight
Warrant Officer Gary William Wight, (born 21 September 1968) is a senior sailor in the Royal Australian Navy and the current Warrant Officer of the Navy since 2016.Mark Tandy
Mark Tandy is the name of:
Mark Tandy (actor) (born 1957), Irish film and television actor
Mark Tandy (Australian rules footballer) (1892–1965), member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame
Mark Tandy (RAN officer), current Royal Australian Navy officer, and former Warrant Officer of the NavyMark Tandy (RAN officer)
Lieutenant Commander Mark Raymond Tandy, is an officer of the Royal Australian Navy. He was the Warrant Officer of the Navy from 2008 until 2012.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.Michael McConnell
Mike or Michael McConnell is the name of:
Michael W. McConnell (born 1955), American constitutional law scholar and former appellate judge
John Michael McConnell (born 1943), American naval officer and Director of National Intelligence of the United States
Mike McConnell (radio personality), Chicago, Illinois-based radio talk show host
James Michael McConnell, known as Michael McConnell, with his partner Jack Baker, a U.S. gay rights activist
Michael McConnell (sailor), Australian naval officer and former Warrant Officer of the Navy
Mike McConnell, character in Every 9 SecondsRanks of the Royal Australian Air Force
The rank structure of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been inherited from the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF based its officer ranks on the Royal Navy, and its airmen ranks on the British Army.
Unlike the RAF, RAAF rank abbreviations are always written in uppercase without spaces (e.g. Pilot Officer is written as PLTOFF, not Plt Off). Also, the RAAF does not have the ranks of Senior Aircraftman, Junior Technician, Chief Technician or Master Aircrew.
The rank insignia is very similar to that of the RAF, with the exception of Leading Aircraftman (LAC)/Leading Aircraftwoman (LACW) which is one chevron (two bladed propeller in RAF). Both officers and airmen wear rank insignia on the chest when wearing General Purpose Uniform or Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform. Rank insignia is worn on the shoulder in all other orders of dress with the exception of the Service Dress tunic (where it is worn on the lower sleeve for officers and Warrant Officers and the upper sleeve for airmen) and the working uniform of Physical Training Instructors where it is worn on the sleeve. The word 'Australia' appears immediately below all rank insignia worn on the shoulder or chest.
The most senior active rank of the RAAF, Air Marshal – a three-star rank, is held by the Chief of Air Force. On the occasions that the Chief of the Defence Force is an office of the RAAF, the rank of Air Chief Marshal in awarded to the officer. The rank of Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force has never been held as an active rank and it is currently held as an honorary rank by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (Australia)
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Australian Army. It is a singular appointment – it is only held by one person at any time. RSM-A holds the unique rank of Warrant Officer (WO) which is senior to Warrant Officer Class One. The special insignia for the RSM-A is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The eleventh and current Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army is Grant MacFarlane.Based on the United States Army practice of appointing a Sergeant Major of the Army, the RSM-A is responsible to the Chief of Army (CA).
The appointment is the equivalent of the Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) in the Royal Australian Navy, and the Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) in the Royal Australian Air Force.
The post was created by the then Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Sir Phillip Bennett.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.Royal New Zealand Navy
The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN; Māori: Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa, "Warriors of the Sea of New Zealand") is the maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. The fleet currently consists of ten ships and eight naval helicopters.Senior enlisted advisor
A Senior Enlisted Adviser (SEA) in the United States Armed Forces is the most senior enlisted service member in a unit, and acts as an advisor to the commanding officer. Formally, E-9 billets for the senior enlisted advisor are established at Service unit (e.g., battalion, wing, or higher), command, major command, force, or fleet levels to the SEAs/CSELs of DoD Agencies and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. SEAs are also known as Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSEL). Always a non-commissioned officer, the SEA is the main link between the commanding officer and the enlisted service members under his or her charge.Sergeant major
Sergeant major is a senior non-commissioned rank or appointment in many militaries around the world. In Commonwealth countries, the various degrees of sergeant major are appointments held by warrant officers. In the United States, there are also various grades of sergeant major (command sergeant major, Sergeant Major of the Army, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps), but they are all of the same pay grade of E-9. However, the Sergeant Major of the Army and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, as their respective service's Senior Enlisted Advisor, receive a special rate of basic pay that is higher than all other sergeants major.Warrant Officer of the Air Force
Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It is a singular appointment, being it is only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WOFF-AF is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The current Warrant Officer of the Air Force is Robert Swanwick.Based on the United States Air Force practice of appointing a Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the WOFF-AF is responsible to the Chief of Air Force (CAF). The post was created by the then Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Barry Gration, in 1993 to provide a conduit between Air Force's senior leadership and the airman ranks.The appointment is the equivalent of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) in the Australian Army and Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) in the Royal Australian Navy.Warrant officer
A warrant officer (WO) is an officer in a military organisation who is designated an officer by a warrant, as distinguished from a commissioned officer who is designated an officer by a commission, and a non-commissioned officer who is designated an officer, often by virtue of seniority.
The rank was first used in the 13th century in the Royal Navy and is today used in most services in many countries, including the Commonwealth nations and the United States.
Outside the United States, warrant officers are included in the "other ranks" (OR) category, equivalent to the US "E" (enlisted) category and rank between non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers. In the commonwealth warrant officers rank between chief petty officer and sub-lieutenant in the navy, between staff sergeant and second lieutenant in the army and between flight sergeant and pilot officer in the air force.
Warrant officers in the United States are classified as officers and are in the "W" category (NATO "WO"); they are technical leaders and specialists. Chief warrant officers are commissioned by the President of the United States and take the same oath as regular commissioned officers. They may be technical experts with a long service as enlisted personnel, or direct entrants such as U.S. Army helicopter pilots.Warrant officer (disambiguation)
Warrant officer is an officer in a military organization who is designated by a warrant, as distinguished from a commissioned officer.
Warrant officer or Warrant Officer may also refer to:
Warrant officer (United Kingdom), the highest non-commissioned rank in the British Armed Forces
Warrant officer (United States), an officer above the senior-most enlisted ranks, as well as officer cadets and candidates, but below the officer grade
Assistant warrant officer, a rank in Pakistan Air Force above Senior Technician and below Warrant Officer
Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer, the senior non-commissioned member appointment in the Canadian Forces
Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer, the senior warrant officer of the Royal Air Force
Chief warrant officer, the most senior Army and Air Force non-commissioned member (NCM) rank of the Canadian Forces
First warrant officer, a Warrant Officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces
Master warrant officer, a military rank in the Canadian Forces and the Singapore Armed Forces
SAF Warrant Officer School, a Singapore Armed Forces training school within the Pasir Laba Camp complex for Master Sergeants
Second warrant officer, a Warrant Officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces
Senior warrant officer, a Warrant Officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces
Station Warrant Officer, the senior Warrant Officer on a British Royal Air Force station (base)
Third warrant officer, a Warrant Officer rank in the Singapore Armed Forces
Warrant Officer Basic Course, technical training a new US Army Warrant Officer receives after warrant officer candidate school
Warrant Officer Candidate School (United States Army), the entry-level training for Warrant Officer Candidates in the United States Army
Warrant Officer of the Navy, the most senior non commissioned officer rank in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)Warrant officer of the Navy (New Zealand)
Warrant officer of the Navy is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy. It is a singular appointment – it is only held by one person at any time.
The Warrant Officer of the Navy is responsible to the Chief of the Navy and is a member of his staff and provides the Chief of the Navy and senior leaders with advice about all issues affecting sailors.
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