Chief of Navy (New Zealand)
Chief of Navy (CN) commands the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and is responsible to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) for raising, training and sustaining those forces necessary to meet agreed government outputs. The CN acts as principal advisor to the CDF on Navy matters, and is the most senior appointment in the RNZN. The rank associated with the position is rear admiral, and CNs are generally appointed on a three-year term.
|Chief of Navy|
Naval Ensign of New Zealand
|New Zealand Defence Force|
|Member of||Navy Leadership Board|
|Reports to||Chief of Defence Force|
|Term length||Three years (renewable)|
|Formation||1 October 1941|
|First holder||Rear Admiral Edward Parry|
|Deputy||Deputy Chief of Navy|
The position was originally created as Chief of Naval Staff and First Naval Member upon the formation of the RNZN on 1 October 1941. The title changed to Chief of Naval Staff in 1970, and CN in 2003. Rear Admiral John Martin, the incumbent CN, assumed the post on 30 November 2015.
|No.||Name||Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|Chief of Naval Staff and First Naval Member|
|1 October 1941||June 1942||8 months|
Sir Atwell Lake, 9th Baronet
|June 1942||12 July 1945||3 years, 1 month|
George Haines Faulkner
|13 July 1945||May 1947||1 year, 9 months|
|July 1947||June 1950||3 years, 1 month|
|June 1950||April 1953||2 years, 10 months|
Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Baronet
|April 1953||May 1955||2 years, 1 month|
|May 1955||February 1958||2 years, 9 months|
|February 1958||March 1960||2 years, 1 month|
|April 1960||June 1963||3 years, 3 months|
|June 1963||October 1965||2 years, 4 months|
|October 1965||June 1969||3 years, 8 months|
|July 1969||May 1970||10 months|
|Chief of Naval Staff|
|June 1970||June 1972||2 years, 1 month|
|July 1972||December 1975||3 years, 6 months|
|December 1975||December 1977||2 years|
|December 1977||April 1980||2 years, 4 months|
|April 1980||April 1983||3 years|
|April 1983||February 1986||2 years, 10 months|
|February 1986||May 1987||1 year, 3 months|
|May 1987||May 1989||2 years|
|May 1989||March 1991||1 year, 10 months|
|March 1991||April 1994||3 years, 1 month|
|April 1994||7 April 1997||3 years|
|8 April 1997||April 2000||2 years, 11 months|
|April 2000||April 2003||3 years|
|Chief of Navy|
|April 2003||7 April 2004||1 year|
|8 April 2004||April 2009||4 years, 11 months|
|April 2009||29 November 2012||3 years, 7 months|
|30 November 2012||30 November 2015||3 years|
|30 November 2015||29 November 2018||2 years, 11 months|
|29 November 2018||Incumbent||11 months|
- was subsequently promoted to vice admiral and appointed Chief of Defence Force.
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