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TUESDAY, 4 5TH ■ .DECEMBERT970

PROMOTION OF CHAIRMAN, CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE ( S ta te m e n t E)y t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e , t h e Hon. M alcolm

F r a s e r , M .P .)

The o f f i c e o f C h a irm a n , C h ie f s o f S t a f f C om m ittee

w i t h i n t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f D e fe n c e , h a s b e e n r a i s e d t o f o u r -

s t a r r a n k .

A n n o u n c in g t h e c h a n g e ,i n p o l i c y t h e M i n i s t e r

f o r D e fe n c e , Mr. M alcolm F r a s e r , s a i d i n C a n b e rra to d a y

t h a t V ic e -A d m ira l S i r V i c t o r S m ith w ould be p ro m o te d t o t h e

r a n k o f A d m ira l w i t h e f f e c t fro m 2 3 rd N ovem ber.

S i r V i c t o r becam e C h a irm a n , C h ie f s o f S t a f f

C o m m ittee, i n s u c c e s s i o n t o G e n e r a l S i r Jo h n H ilto n , on

t h a t . d a t e . . .

P r e v i o u s l y t h e o f f i c e r s . a p p o in t e d t o t h e p o s i t i o n

h a d c o n tin u e d i n t h e sam e r a n k , t h a t o f t h r e e - s t a r e q u i v a l e n t .

Two p r e v i o u s c h a irm a n , A i r M a rsh a l S i r F r e d e r i c k S c h e r g e r ( t o

A i r C h ie f M a rs h a l) a n d L i e u t e n a n t G e n e ra l S i r Jo h n W ilto n ( t n

G e n e r a l) h a d b e e n p ro m o te d o n ly a f t e r t h e y had b e e n i n o f f i c e

f o r some y e a r s . .

M r. F r a s e r s a i d t h a t t h e p o s i t i o n o f C h a irm a n ,

C h ie f s o f S t a f f C o m m itte e , had d e v e lo p e d i n r e c e n t y e a r s ,

w i t h t h e c o m m itte e and e s p e c i a l l y t h e c h a irm a n p l a y i n g a

k e y r o l e i n t h e p r e p a r a t i o n a n d p r e s e n t a .t i o n o f a ,d v ic e t o

t h e G o v ern m en t.

The c h a irm a n wa.s t h e p r i n c i p a l m i l i t a r y a d v i s e r

t o t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e , and w i t h t h e i n c r e a s i n g l y

com plex and w id e ra n g e o f m a t t e r s e n g a g in g t h e G o v e rn m e n t’s

a t t e n t i o n , t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s o f t h e o f f i c e h a d e x p a n d e d .

B o th w i t h i n t h e A u s t r a l i a n d e f e n c e s t r u c t u r e

a n d i n i t s r e l a t i o n s w ith o v e r s e a s c o u n t r i e s , i t was

n e c e s s a r y t h a t t h e t o p m i l i t a r y a d v i s e r t o t h e G overnm ent

s h o u ld h o ld a p p r o p r i a t e r a n k .

I n th e f u t u r e , o f f i c e r s a p p o in te d t o t h e p o s t

w ould h e p ro m o te d t o f o u r - s t a r r a n k on t a k i n g up d u t i e s .

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

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A d m ira l S i r V i c t o r S m ith , KBS, CB, DSC, e n t e r e d

t h e R o y al A u s t r a l i a n N a v a l C o lle g e i n 1 9 2 7 . He s p e c i a l i s e d

i n N a v a l a v i a t i o n a n d g a in e d h i s w in g s a s a n O b s e rv e r in '

t h e F l e e t A i r Arm i n 1 9 3 7 . A d m ira l S m ith was a w a rd e d t h e

DSC d u r i n g t h e w a r and was a l s o M e n tio n e d i n D e s p a tc h e s f o r

a n a i r to r p e d o a t t a c k on S c h a r n l i o r s t , i n f i g h t e r s q u a d ro n

o p e r a t i o n s fro m HMS ARK ROYAL i n 1941 . He r e t u r n e d t o .

A u s t r a l i a i n 1942 f o r l i a i s o n d u ty w i t h t h e U n ite d S t a t e s

N avy. He was s e r v i n g on HMAS CANBERRA when i t was l o s t .

D u rin g 1943 he s e r v e d i n HIS TRACKER i n t h e A t l a n t i c a n d ; on

R u s s ia n c o n v o y s. A d m ira l S m ith h a s h e ld a num ber o f

im p o r ta n t command a n d s t a f f a p p o in tm e n ts , among t h e s e -

D i r e c t o r o f A i r w a r f a r e O r g a n i s a t i o n and T r a i n i n g ; C a p ta in

o f t h e RAN A i r S t a t i o n , HMAS ALBATROSS; Commanding O f f i c e r o f t h e F i r s t F r i g a t e S q u a d ro n and C a p ta in o f th e RAN F l a g

S h ip HMAS MELBOURNE. He a t t e n d e d t h e I m p e r i a l D e fe n c e C o lle g e i n 1 9 6 0 . A d m ira l S m ith h e ld t h e a p p o in tm e n ts o f '

Second N a v a l Member, F o u r t h N a v a l Member, F l a g O f f i c e r

Commanding HMA F l e e t , end D e p u ty C h ie f o f N av al S t a f f b e f o r e

b e in g a p p o in te d C h ie f o f N a v a l S t a f f i n A p r i l , 1 9 6 8 . He was

a p p o in t e d C h a irm an , C h ie f s o f S t a f f C om m ittee i n N ovem ber,

1970.

F u r t h e r E n q u i r i e s : D i r e c t o r o f P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s ,

D e p a rtm e n t o f D e fe n c e ,

CANBERRA. A .C .T .

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