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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE
SERVING AUSTRAL IA WITH PRIDE
Navy The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Navy
LSIS Paul Berry
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CPL Melanie Schinkel
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June 23, 2011
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.
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
"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
"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
In his first formal address to the
RAN, VADM Griggs commended
VADM Crane for his inspiring and
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
"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
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
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
A legacy to
be proud of
VADM Ray Griggs
VADM Russ Crane
"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
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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