ISSUE 190 : Mar/Apr - 2013 - Australian Defence Force Journal

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ISSUE 190 : Mar/Apr - 2013 - Australian Defence Force Journal

Vice Admiral Griggs joined the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 1978 and entered HMASCreswell on a short service commission in 1979. During his seaman officer training, he served inHMAS Melbourne (II), HMAS Yarra (III) and HMAS Advance, before spending 12 months on loanto the Royal Navy in HMS Jersey. In late 1981, he was posted to HMAS Perth (II) and deployed tothe northwest Indian Ocean following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. From 1983 to 1994,he served on HMA Ships Cessnock (II), Torrens, Tobruk, Jervis Bay and Perth.Ashore, he served as the aide-de-camp to the Governor of Tasmania, two postings in the Navy’sofficer career management directorate, Staff Officer to the Commander Australian Patrol BoatForces and as Deputy Director Military Strategy and Director Future Warfare. Between 1995and 1997, he served as commissioning Executive Officer of HMAS Anzac. In October 2001,he assumed command of HMAS Arunta and deployed as part of Operation RELEX and to thePersian Gulf to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq.In February 2006, he was appointed the Deputy Maritime (Fleet) Commander, until assumingthe position of Director General Navy Strategic Policy and Futures in September 2007. In2008, he was seconded to the 2009 Defence White Paper team. In early 2009, he attended theUK Higher Command and Staff Course and was subsequently promoted to Rear Admiral andappointed Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance. In May 2010, he assumed the roleof Deputy Chief of Joint Operations. Admiral Griggs was promoted to Vice Admiral on 6 June2011 and appointed Chief of Navy on 7 June 2011.NOTES1. This is an abridged version of a speech presented by Chief of Navy at the Land Warfare Conferenceon 31 October 2012.2. Michael Wesley, ‘The 2012 Vernon Parker Oration’, delivered to the Australian Naval Institute atthe Australian Defence College, Canberra, 14 August 2012: see accessed 21 January 2013.3. Chief of Army’s address to the National Security Institute, 26 October 2012: see accessed 21 January 2013.4. See, for example, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy, ‘The Navy’s role in the Maritime Century’,Address to the Lowy Institute, 17 August 2012: see: accessed 21 January2013.5. See Australian Government, Australia in the Asian Century: White Paper, Department of PrimeMinister and Cabinet: Canberra, October 2012: see accessed 21 January 2013.6. Defence Minister Stephen Smith, MP, ‘Paper presented to the Lowy Institute on the 2013 DefenceWhite Paper’, 9 August 2012: see accessed 21 January 2013.7. Chief of Army’s address to the National Security Institute, October 2012.8. Michael Evans, ‘The role of the Australian Army in a maritime concept of strategy’, Land WarfareStudies Centre, Working Paper No. 10, September 1998: see accessed 21 January 2013.10

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