Commander Australian Fleet leadership change
12 June 2014
Royal Australian Navy personnel from Fleet Headquarters and ships based at Garden Island, farewelled outgoing Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett at a ceremony in Sydney today.
Fleet Headquarters staff paid their respects as RADM Barrett’s flag was lowered and Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer’s flag was raised for the first time, at the change of command ceremony.
“It is my honour to hand over Fleet Command to Rear Admiral Mayer as I look forward to accepting the position of Chief of Navy,” RADM Barrett said.
“Rear Admiral Mayer brings a wealth of operational and command experience. He is no stranger to Fleet Headquarters having held the position of Commodore Warfare. Most recently he has been Director General Navy Capability Plans and Engagement and he will do a fine job bringing online new capabilities like the Landing Helicopter Dock,” RADM Barrett said.
Following the ceremony, RADM Barrett embarked the Admiral’s barge bound for HMAS Watson. En route he reviewed HMA Ships Tobruk, Parramatta, Diamantina and Newcastle, which ‘cheered ship’ as the Admiral’s barge sailed past.
RADM Barrett held the position of Commander Australian Fleet from 22 December 2011. He will be promoted to Vice Admiral and assume the role of Chief of Navy on 30 June this year.
RADM Mayer said he was looking forward to leading the men and women of Fleet Command.
“Rear Admiral Barrett has led the fleet with vision and drive, achieving significant progress in delivering a seaworthy fleet and answering the requirements of our Government. I will strive to emulate this high personal standard and build upon this platform of seaworthiness as we deliver a fleet capable of meeting the Navy mission to fight and win at sea.”
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