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Senior naval officer promotion/appointments

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1978. NO. 185/78


The promotion of a senior naval officer to

rear admiral was announced today by the Minister for

Defence, Mr D.J. Killen.

Commodore J.D. Stevens, the present Chief of

Staff to the Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Fleet,

will be promoted rear admiral on January 24 next year to

take over the post of Chief of Naval Personnel at Navy

Office, Department of Defence, Canberra.

Mr Killen also announced the appointment of the

present Chief of Naval Personnel, Rear Admiral G.R. Griffiths,

to the post of Flag Officer Commanding East Australia area,

to take effect on January 12 .next year. Rear Admiral

Griffiths will take over from Rear Admiral J. Davidson,

whose appointment as head of the Australian Defence

Staff in Washington was announced recently.


Commodore John Dixon Stevens graduated from the Royal

Australian Naval College in 1944. He served in Royal Navy

ships and in HMAS Katoomba, a unit of the 20th Minesweeper

Flotilla. He commanded the destroyer escort, HMAS Derwent,

and was appointed Director of Tactics and Weapons Policy

in Navy Office in 1967 in the rank of captain. In 1968

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he commanded the destroyer escort, HMAS Yarra, as senior

officer, First Frigate Squadron. Two years later, he took command

of the guided missile destroyer, HMAS Brisbane. In 1971

Commodore Stevens was appointed Captain of the RAN College,

HMAS Creswell, at Jervis Bay, NSW; and in 1975 assumed

command of the fleet oiler, HMAS Supiply. He took up his

present appointment as Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer

Commanding the Australian Fleet in January, 1977, in the

rank of commodore. ,

Rear Admiral Guv R. Griffiths, DSO DSC, entered

the Royal Australian Naval College as a cadet midshipman in

1937. On graduation he was posted to the Royal Navy, and .

served in the battlecruiser, HMS Repulse, which was sunk

off the east coast of Malaya by Japanese aircraft in the early

days of the Pacific War. He later served in a number of RN

and RAN ships during World War II. After the war, he completed

a specialist gunnery course and saw action in the Korean War

in the carrier, HMAS Sydney, and the destroyer, HMAS Anzac.

He commanded the destroyer escort, HMAS Parramatta,

and later, during the Vietnam conflict, commanded the guided

missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart.

From 1973 till 1975 he commanded the aircraft

carrier, HMAS Melbourne, and in June 1976, was promoted to

the rank of rear admiral and appointed Chief of Naval


He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross .

for his service in the Pacific during World War II, and

the Distinguished Service Order for his service during

the Vietnam conflict. ** ** ** ** ** ** **. '

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