Australia — Navy welcomes new Chief

The prin­ci­ple archi­tect of Navy’s most sig­nif­i­cant cul­tur­al change to date, Vice Admi­ral Russ Crane, AO, CSM today hand­ed over the reigns of com­mand to Vice Admi­ral Ray Grig­gs, AM, CSC at a cer­e­mo­ny at Rus­sell Offices in Can­ber­ra.

“It is my hon­our to hand over the Navy to Vice Admi­ral Grig­gs,” said Vice Admi­ral Crane. 

“He brings not only exten­sive oper­a­tional expe­ri­ence to the role, but a com­mit­ment to cul­tur­al reform under New Gen­er­a­tion Navy, a com­mit­ment to effi­cien­cy under the Strate­gic Reform Pro­gram, and most of all, a com­mit­ment to lead all of you, our Navy people.” 

The parade was reflec­tive of the out­go­ing Chief’s com­mand as it was dig­ni­fied, respect­ful and suc­cinct. These were the val­ues of the out­go­ing Chief of Navy, who was relent­less in his desire to chal­lenge and encour­age all Offi­cers and Sailors to improve Navy. He moti­vat­ed Navy peo­ple of all ranks to lead and inspire their subordinates. 

His time in com­mand will be remem­bered as a peri­od when sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges were met and addressed head on. 

Vice Admi­ral Crane’s lega­cy includes prepa­ra­tion for the intro­duc­tion of the new amphibi­ous capa­bil­i­ty into ser­vice, and the reform of Navy’s cul­ture through New Gen­er­a­tion Navy, which defined Navy’s ten ‘sig­na­ture behav­iours’ focus­ing on peo­ple, per­for­mance and pro­fes­sion­al­ism as a guide to Navy’s desired culture. 

Vice Admi­ral Crane’s suc­cess­ful tenure in com­mand was acknowl­edged by the Prime Min­is­ter, the Min­is­ter for Defence and senior ADF col­leagues for intro­duc­ing wide rang­ing reforms to best posi­tion Navy for its future commitments. 

Vice Admi­ral Crane’s suc­ces­sor, Vice Admi­ral Grig­gs, brings exten­sive oper­a­tional and com­mand expe­ri­ence to the posi­tion as Chief of Navy with his most recent post­ing being that of Deputy Chief of Joint operations. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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