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  • The official newspaper of the Royal Australian NavyVolume 54, No. 11, June 23, 2011




    VADM Ray Griggs takes command of Navy


    CHANGE AT THE TOP: The principal architect of Navy’s most significant cul- tural change to date, VADM Russ Crane (right) hands over command to new Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs at a ceremony in Canberra on June 7. Photo: Steve Dent



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    COMING OUR WAY: A pair of US Navy MH-60R Seahawks fly over the Pacific Ocean. Government has approved the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters at a cost of more than $3 billion. Photo: US Navy

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    NAVY NEWS June 23, 2011

    VADM Griggs takes


    Geri Dobson: A great man who has served the Navy well. All the best VADM Crane and family. Ray Logan: Was glad to serve for him on this parade. Greg Carver: As a former junior recruit, Russ Crane – I salute you. Brett Williamson: Ray Griggs has big shoes to fill. Christine Sheppard: As former members of Training Ship Tyalgum ANC, where your Navy career began, Rod and I salute you Russ Crane. We are proud of your achievements. May you, Michelle and your family enjoy retirement now! Job well done! Simon Kelly: Fair winds VADM Crane and welcome VADM Griggs.

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    By CPL Melanie Schinkel

    A SALVAGED telescope used in the 1940s on board HMAS Sydney II signified the transfer of com- mand and responsibility as it was presented to the RAN’s new leader by its retired chief.

    After 41 years of RAN service including three years in its top job, VADM Russ Crane officially handed over the helm to VADM Ray Griggs during a Chief of Navy handover of command ceremony at Russell Offices in Canberra on June 7.

    A parade of about 300 Navy per- sonnel, including the RAN Band and a guard of 40, gathered at Blamey Square to farewell VADM Crane and welcome his successor, VADM Griggs.

    “It has been my great privilege and honour to lead the RAN through the last three years; years that have been marked by profound reform, great challenge and the outstand- ing successes of our people,” VADM Crane said.

    “It is my honour to hand over the Navy to VADM Griggs. He is an exceptional officer in whom I have always had enormous trust and respect, and I know he will lead our Navy with the same outstanding pro- fessionalism, commitment, dedica- tion and passion that I have observed in him over many years.

    “VADM Griggs brings not only extensive operational experience to the role, but a commitment to cul- tural reform under New Generation Navy (NGN), a commitment to effi- ciency under the Strategic Reform Program and, most of all, a commit- ment to lead all of you, our Navy people.”

    In his first formal address to the RAN, VADM Griggs commended VADM Crane for his inspiring and courageous leadership.

    AS THE principal architect of Navy’s most significant cultural reform to date, VADM Russ Crane’s time in command will be remembered as a period when significant challenges were met and addressed head on.

    VADM Crane’s legacy includes preparation for the introduction of the new amphibious capability and the reform of Navy’s culture.

    During the handover of com- mand ceremony on June 7, VADM Crane said Navy’s future depended on the continued pursuit of excel- lence in shaping the fleet and its culture for the next generation.

    “We are committed to change for the benefit and future of us all and I know that it will continue long after my departure,” he said.

    VADM Crane reflected on Navy’s operational and humani- tarian efforts, engagement with allies, commitment to cultural and strategic reform and transition to future capabilities.

    “Each and every group is an essential part of our operational capability and has been instru- mental in ensuring that we ... have achieved the task set for us by government. It is in every respect a team effort and I could not be more proud of your results,” he said.

    VADM Crane’s three-year tenure was acknowledged by the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and senior ADF colleagues for introducing wide-ranging reforms to better position Navy for its future commitments.

    FAREWELL SALUTE: VADM Russ Crane, followed by VADM Ray Griggs, takes his final inspection of the guard and band as CN at the handover parade at Russell Offices, Canberra, on June 7. Photo: Lauren Black

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    “VADM Crane’s legacy is con- siderable. He has laid the foundation for us to modernise the way Navy thinks and acts. This will enable us to face the challenges of the coming years with pride in who we are and confidence in what we can achieve,” VADM Griggs said.

    “It is an enormous privilege and honour to be chosen to lead the Navy, but I am conscious of the bur- den of responsibility and the very large shoes I have to fill. You can rest assured that I will give my all as I lead the Navy and play my broader part as a member of both the ADF and Defence’s senior leadership team.”

    As the new CN, VADM Griggs will initially focus on three key areas: the significant reform pro- grams Navy has embarked on, deliv-

    ering capability to the government and ensuring Navy is ready for its transition to new capabilities.

    A new CN flag was broken on the flagpole as VADM Crane was handed his delicately folded flag to keep as a memento.

    “I thank each member of the Navy from the most junior to the most senior, not just as the retired chief but personally for your hard work and outstanding achievements. I know it has come at great cost to yourselves and to your families,” VADM Crane said.

    VADM Griggs officially assumed his position as CN after the ceremo- ny on June 8 at 0001 Zulu time.

    He brings extensive operational and command experience with his most recent posting being that of Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.

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