Chief marks fifth anniversary of New Generation Navy

Published on CAPT Mark Hill (author)

Topic(s): New Generation Navy (NGN), Navy Values & Signature Behaviours, Chief of Navy

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April marks the fifth anniversary of Navy’s cultural change journey under New Generation Navy (NGN). To mark this milestone, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has recorded a video and launched a brochure to inform Navy people about what has been achieved since 2009.

“This is my third NGN anniversary as Chief of Navy and it’s just over a year since I launched the revised NGN Strategy. So, I think it’s appropriate for us to reflect upon what we have achieved - both over the last five years and in the last 12 months or so,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.

He also noted that “it has been a hectic year since we launched the new NGN strategy. Our people have been busy conducting operations, training people for them, or supporting them. We’ve also showcased the Navy through the International Fleet Review. I’m grateful for the efforts of everyone in the Navy and I’m proud of what we have achieved.

“What really stands out for me is the role our Values and Signature Behaviours have played in our successes. NGN, our Values and Signature Behaviours are not just about treating each other better and making the Navy a better place to work; they enable us to deliver real operational effects so we can achieve our mission to fight and win at sea. The last 12 months has shown us that,” he said.

Vice Admiral Griggs contends that NGN continues to have a real and lasting impact.

“We’ve reduced our separation rates, a number of our critical categories are healthier and we’ve improved our training. Our workforce is in better shape than it was five years ago – but we still have work to do so we can meet future capability requirements,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.

He went on to say that “through NGN we are better led. We are embedding our Signature Behaviours. Our people understand what is expected of them - and the majority are meeting those expectations.”

Vice Admiral Griggs cites decreases in positive results in prohibited substance and alcohol testing as evidence of Navy moving in the right direction.

“We have increased our testing - and positive returns have fallen. The trend is promising, but we are still not where we need to be with alcohol - particularly when it continues to be at the core of many of our unacceptable behaviour issues,” he said.

“We’ve also seen continued declines in most areas of unacceptable behaviour. But there are still too many. These incidents have a negative impact on people, teams, our reputation and, ultimately, our ability to fight and win. We all need to do everything we can to ensure the appropriate behaviour standards are set - and maintained.

“Achieving what we have under NGN has required leadership and commitment. Wherever I go throughout the Navy I see leaders, at all levels, living our values, demonstrating our signature behaviours and owning NGN. This is as it should be - NGN is our collective responsibility and it is enduring,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.

The Chief of Navy concluded by saying “I appreciate how busy you all are, but as we mark the NGN’s fifth anniversary, I’d like you to take a few minutes to read the brochure, watch the video and reflect on what we have achieved under NGN. Yes, there is still much to be done – but we have accomplished a lot and we should all be proud of how far we have come.”

An animation of the NGN Fifth Anniversary brochure, which was published in Navy News, is shown below. Videos of the Chief of Navy’s address and the animated NGN Fifth Anniversary brochure can also be viewed/downloaded via the Navy Videos website at