Royal Australian Navy
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1911 - Present
14 215 Permanent Personnel
2 150 Active Reserve Personnel
53 Vessels
Part of
Australian Defence Force
Russell Offices, Canberra
"Royal AustralianNavy"
10 July
First World War
Second World War
Korean War
Malayan Emergency
Indonesian Confrontation
Vietnam War
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War

Chief of the Defence Force
General David Hurley AC, DSC
Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AM, CSC
Deputy Chief of Navy
Rear Admiral Trevor Jones AM, CSC
Commander Australian Fleet
Read Admiral Tim Barrett AM, CSC
Notable Commanders
VADM Sir William Creswell
VADM Sir John Collins
ADML Sir Victor Smith
VADM Sir Richard Peek
ADML Chris Barrie
VADM Russ Crane

Naval Ensign (1967 - Present)
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Naval Jack
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Naval Ensign (1911 - 1967)
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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force: the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.
Britain's Royal Navy continued to support the RAN and provide additional blue-water defence capability in the Pacific up to the early years of World War II. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many smaller warships. In the decade following the war, the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the last of these paying off in 1982.
Today, the RAN consists of 53 vessels and over 16,000 personnel. The navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. The current Chief of Navy is Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.