The Royal Australian Navy has a new Deputy Chief, with RADM Mark Hammond taking over duties from RADM Mike Noonan in Canberra.
‘Taking the weight’ is a Navy tradition, practised both at sea and ashore. The ‘weight’ in this case is a newly created statue, featuring a male sailor and a female officer. The statues represent Navy people which are a key element of the Deputy Chief of Navy’s (DCN) brief.
“Navy is navigating its way through some extraordinary times,” RADM Hammond said.
“The welfare and training of our people must be a key focus for us as we adapt to new capabilities.”
DCN is the second most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy. The position also oversees Navy Strategic Command and the alignment of accountability, responsibility, performance management within the RAN.
RADM Noonan looked back at Navy’s achievements over his two-year tenure and considers the improvements to personnel management, LHD Engineering enhancements and continuing close relationships with regional counterparts as points worthy of note.
“Recognising and promoting the people and skills of our Navy has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my role,” said RADM Noonan.
RADM Hammond has just returned from his posting in the United States, serving as Chief of Defence Force’s representative to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs.
Prior to that, he was Director General of Maritime Operations following a career in the Submarine Force.
He was recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours Awards as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Military Division for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in Senior Command and staff roles.